Islington Council is proposing an increase in childcare charges at its nurseries at a greater rate for families with higher incomes, whilst protecting those with lower incomes so that child care remains affordable. We would like to invite you and your parents to give your views on these proposals by completing our online consultation:
Please share this link with your parents: www.islington.gov.uk/consultations
The deadline for responses is Friday, 21 July 2017.
Islington Council is committed to supporting working families with low incomes to access high quality affordable childcare. Although an annual increase in parental charges of two per cent was agreed in 2014 in council-run and some community nurseries, the costs of delivering childcare have increased significantly, above and beyond the annual increase. Islington has also suffered massive cuts in its grants from central government and we now need to improve the targetting of resources to those who most need support.
We propose to:
- increase the number of income bands so that charges are more sensitive to family income
- reduce the amount of subsidy to parents on higher incomes
- better reflect the actual cost of providing places
- introduce a new rate for families on very high incomes or who do not live in the borough
- reduce the current sibling subsidy as more tax-free and free childcare is made available to working parents through government schemes
- give parents who are already in the system more time to plan for the impact on family budgets by phasing in the changes
For any queries, please contact Magda Balicka on 020 7527 6101.