MP Hancock supports new childcare grants

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A PORTSMOUTH MP has welcomed a new scheme which aims to improve childcare.

People who want to set up a nursery can now apply for grants of up to £500. They can spend the cash on legal and insurance costs, training, equipment and building work.

It’s hoped the move will help create 6,000 new childcare businesses in the UK.

Mr Hancock, who represents Portsmouth South, said: ‘Liberal Democrats want to create a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

‘Childcare plays a vital role in achieving those goals.

‘It helps the early development of children and removes barriers for those parents keen to return to work.

‘We have seen time and time again the important difference that good quality childcare can make in giving children the best possible start in life. This money will help entrepreneurs set up and run new childcare facilities which will be a boost to Portsmouth’s economy and a massive help to families here.’

Last month, it was announced that 617 of the poorest two-year-olds in Portsmouth will get 15 hours free childcare a week from September.