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.
£6m funding for community-led affordable housing
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government have announced £6 million of funding to help them build more homes.
Managed by 4 housing charities, the Community Led Homes Programme aims to provide local people with funding to kickstart community-led housing developments.
Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP announced that up to £10,000 will be provided to groups to cover start-up costs such as legal fees, and a further £3.5 million will be made available to provide technical advice and support to guide communities through the process of building.
The programme forms part of a wider package of measures to increase local housebuilding, aiming to reach the ambitious target of 300,000 properties a year by the mid-2020s.
Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse MP, said:
"Alongside £6 million of funding, the programme will also provide crucial training and advice to local groups, ensuring that we are not just building better homes but also building better communities.
Head of Community Led Homes, Samantha Jones, said:
"Community-led housing enables communities of all shapes and forms to take the lead in building and renovating homes, helping people to come together to solve their own housing challenges and build high-quality, affordable homes.
"The new programme will strengthen the vital role that community-led housing can play in delivering much-needed affordable housing, helping the sector to play its part in getting Britain building and delivering the homes our country needs."