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Queen’s Speech guarantees hundreds of parents in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend will get help with childcare costs

A major tax-free childcare package will help over 14,000 families in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend, the Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black said today (Wednesday, June 4).

Working families will get up to £2,000 to ease the cost of childcare as part of a scheme to be rolled out in Autumn 2015. The scheme will benefit 6,360 families in Swansea, 3,770 in Neath Port Talbot and 3,880 in Bridgend.

It means a family with two children under 12-years-old could benefit by up to £4,000 a year.

Mr. Black said: "The announcement in the Queen's Speech provides a huge boost to hardworking families in the region.

"This is something Liberal Democrats have fought for and are now delivering in Government.

"We are committed to building a stronger economy and a fairer society and this helps children get the best start in life."

The Queen's Speech outlines the legislative agenda for the Coalition Government over the next 12 months.

"It was announced that every infant in England will get a free school meal to help improve education attainment and child health. The Scottish Government have said they will follow suit. The Welsh Liberal Democrats believe the Welsh Labour Government should do likewise."

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