Darren speaks about need for better transport for Bristol

Darren spoke about how more people and jobs are creating more pressure on already burdened local transport.

Darren gives video North Bristol transport update

Using online mapping, Darren gave an update on North Bristol Transport Plan, rail and buses and bus lane proposals.

Darren signs fire protection of property letter

Darren signed a letter asking that the Fire Safety Building Regulations are updated to protect not only lives but property such as schools. health services and peoples’ homes as well. You can read the letter below.
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Darren speaks in debate on Climate Change

Darren used a debate on climate change to ask the Government to do more on this issue as a matter of urgency.

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Darren comments on Childcare Survey and backs childcare improvements.

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, has commented on the release of the2019 Childcare Survey from Coram Family and Childcare. This follows Darren’s recent Westminster Hall debate where he called for fully-funded state childcare.

Darren said:

“I know families are struggling – that’s one of the reasons I recently called for fully-funded state childcare. Yesterday (28th February 2019), Coram Family and Childcare released their Childcare Survey 2019.

The headline results show: 
• The average price for 25 hours per week of nursery childcare for a child under two is £127, a rise of 3 per cent since 2018.
• In 94 per cent of local authorities, the maximum limit per child under Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit of £175 per week does not cover the average cost of full time childcare for a child under two.
• 57% of local authorities in England have enough childcare for parents working full time.
• Less than one in four local authorities have enough childcare available for children needing after school care, parents working outside normal office hours, or disabled children.

I support calls for the government to reform the childcare system, to make it simpler for parents, encourage improvements in quality and make sure parents aren’t forced to give up work or drastically reduce their hours (unless they want to) because of the price of childcare – if we want true gender equality in the workplace and to ensure all kids get the best start in life, we must improve childcare provision.

In the short-term Coram are also asking that the government:
• Increase the maximum amount of childcare costs that are supported by Universal Credit in order to make sure parents are better off for every extra hour worked, and switch to upfront payments so that parents can afford to move into work.
• Provide start up grants and responsive funding for childcare providers to increase the availability of childcare places.
• Extend the 30 hours entitlement to parents undertaking training to make sure childcare costs do not prevent parents from developing the skills and employability that drives social mobility.

I fully support these steps but in the longer-term, I still believe childcare should be state-funded”.