The new LEA places come about largely because of the extra pounds 1m capital money given to Norfolk County Council to build new places. No such capital sums will be available when the scheme is applied across the nation in April.
Moreover, the Government told me in a reply to a Parliamentary Question on 4 November that there has actually been a 76 per cent drop in the vouchers spent in the private and voluntary sectors between the summer and the autumn term.
Labour will get rid of the voucher scheme and replace it with an entitlement to a high-quality nursery place.
MARGARET HODGE MP
House of Commons
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