Following Labour’s announcement to double the number of Sure Start places to more than 118,000, local parents in Lincoln were able to put their views forward and hear more about Labour’s plans to help hard working families when the Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt MP, visited Lincoln yesterday.
Mr Hunt visited the city at the invitation of Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lincoln, Lucy Rigby, where they met with parents at the Lincoln North Sure Start.
Labour will save Sure Start centres by introducing a new statutory obligation on them to provide access to child care, as well as giving them new powers to open their doors to charities and local providers so the whole community can use them.
Speaking after the visit Tristram said: “Sure Start was one of the greatest achievements of the last Labour government but under the Tories there are hundreds fewer while others have reduced their services and opening hours.
“Seeing the centre here in Lincoln and speaking to some of the mums that rely on its services brings home just how important Sure Start centres are. That is why we need to continue to support access to Sure Start centres, including increasing access to childcare within these community hubs.
”Lucy Rigby added: “I was delighted that Tristram accepted my invitation to come to Lincoln today following Labour’s announcement on Sure Starts.
“As a mum I know how hard it can be for parents to access good childcare so that they can return to work, and also have access to those support networks that are vital to so many Lincoln parents.
“I am delighted with the pledge that Tristram has made and I’m sure that this will secure their long term use as family hubs within our communities and will reach more families than ever before. The alternative under a Tory government is more cuts are further decline.”