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Labour warns parents are in ‘impossible position’ to return to work

20th Jul 20 2:13 pm

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has warned that parents are in an “impossible position” to return to work due to the lack of childcare support.

This warning comes after Boris Johnson announced that workers should return back to work, if safe to do so, bringing the end to the “stay at home” message.

Johnson said on Friday, that employers have the discretion from the 1 August on how staff can return back to the office and work safely.

But Sir Keir slammed the Prime Minister saying that parents will be penalised as there is no extra help for families during the summer holidays.

The Labour leader said, “We all want society to get moving again, but it requires a clear plan and national leadership from the Government.

“Despite ordering millions of parents back to the office, the Prime Minister has refused to provide any extra help for families, penalising parents by putting them in an impossible position.

“Parents got a back-to-work notice on Friday just as the summer holidays began.

“But they got no support for structured activities, no summer catch-up schemes, and no support for a childcare sector on its knees.

“If we are going to reopen our society and economy safely and successfully, we need the public to have confidence in the Government’s advice, we need test, track and trace to be working properly, and we need proper support for children to learn and for parents to get back to work.”

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