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.
Public service spending higher in Wales
New figures from the Treasury have shown that Wales continues to invest more in key public services than other parts of the UK, especially in health and social services.
Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford announced that Wales spends £2,310 per person on health, which is 6.5 per cent higher than spending per person in England. The Country and Regional Analysis 2017-18, published annually, revealed that spending on health and social services combined increased by 3.8 per cent in Wales. This means that spending on health and social services per person in Wales stands at £2,916, 11 per cent higher than in England.
Furthermore, education spending per person in Wales also increased by 1.8 per cent in 2017-18, now five per cent higher than in England – representing an extra £65 per person.
Drakeford said: “These figures show we are maintaining our focus to protect frontline services against the worst impacts of the UK government’s damaging policy of austerity. Investing in our NHS and social services is at the heart of our spending plans and today’s figures show our commitment to provide the best care for people across Wales.
“The investment we make in education is a sign of our determination to provide a system in Wales which gives children the best start in life. The figures published by HM Treasury are testament to the value we place on public services and highlight our commitment to doing everything we can to help our public services meet the very real challenges they face today."