SYDNEY FAMILIES HURTING FROM FAMILY DAY CARE CUTS

Every single family day care centre in Western Sydney is set to have their funding cut as a result of the Abbott Government's cruel and ill-considered budget cuts.

Shadow Minister for Early Education, Kate Ellis, Shadow Finance Minister Tony Burke and NSW Candidate for Lakemba, Jihad Dib, joined families at the Creative Family Day Care Scheme in Western Sydney and heard first-hand the impacts of Tony Abbott's budget cuts.

These cuts to family day care alone will drive prices up by $35 a week, putting more pressure on both the family budget and the child care industry.

"Any bipartisan approach must start with reversing the Government's $157 million cut to family day care," Kate Ellis said.

"The Government’s own figures show that half a million low and middle income families will be hurt by cuts to the means-tested Child Care Benefit. These are cuts to everyday families already hurting from a cruel Abbott Budget.

"The Abbott Government claims to want to make child care more affordable, but their actions speak for themselves. 

"If Scott Morrison cares about Western Sydney families, he will put his money where his mouth is on a bipartisan solution and reverse these cuts."

 

THURSDAY, 19 FEBRUARY 2015