Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Northamptonshire CC agrees plan to address £70m shortfall
Northamptonshire County Council has voted in favour of cuts to services and redundancies as it attempts to address a £70m funding shortfall
The scale of the cuts is to be decided over the coming weeks, but it is expected that childrens' services will be heavily affected at the Conservative-controlled council, along with road maintenance and waste management.
According to the National Audit Office, Central government funding for local authorities has been reduced in real terms by 49 per cent between 2010-2011 and 2017-18.
Over 150 local authorities have recorded real-terms falls in their reserves between March 2015 and March 2017, according to an analysis conducted by the Financial Times earlier this year.
Council leader Matthew Golby said: “We have got to make sure that we provide the services we can and that we aren’t putting people at risk – and we as a council will not be putting people at risk."