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Liberal Democrat manifesto: The childcare wars

All three parties' promises on childcare are pitched at better off families, while the poorest are left out

By Emran Mian  

Attempts to pump government money into childcare may drive up costs

Who said what to whom? In the latest sally of the childcare wars, the Liberal Democrats have said their manifesto will promise to provide free childcare for all two-year-olds.

What does it mean? It’s no carte blanche for childcare, instead they are offering 15 hours free childcare for two-year-olds. It will be paid for in part by scrapping the transferable tax allowance for married couples, a Conservative initiative…

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