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.
Highest levels in a decade for housebuilding
New Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) figures reveal that the number of new build homes that have started to be built has surged to the highest level since 2008.
The latest housebuilding data shows that 164,960 new homes were started in the year to June 2017, a 13 per cent increase on the previous year. During the same period, over 153,000 new homes have been completed - representing an 11 per cent increase on the previous year.
According to the DCLG, housebuilding in Gloucestershire, South Derbyshire and South Norfolk are amongst the strongest areas in delivering high levels of starts.
Alok Sharma, Housing and Planning Minister, said: “Building more homes is an absolute priority for this government. Today’s figures are proof that we are getting Britain building again, with new housing starts reaching record levels since 2009. It’s vital we maintain this momentum to deliver more quality homes in the places that people want to live. Our housing white paper set out an ambitious package of long-term reforms to do just that.”