NDNA writes to the new Chancellor of the Exchequer

NDNA’s Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE has written to Rishi Sunak, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer.Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer

As a new appointment in the recent reshuffle, the letter highlights the needs of the early years sector ahead of the 2020 budget. It suggests what changes must be made in order to ensure childcare businesses remain sustainable focusing on funding and business rates.

Purnima said: “I have contacted the Chancellor to raise the issues faced by our members and the sector as a whole.

“The upcoming budget represents an opportunity for the government to get it right for early years by looking at funding for their policy to make sure providers are covering their costs.  

“The £66 million extra funding is a start but just isn’t enough to make a real difference for those in the sector. The complexity of the funding approach means money set aside for childcare is not reaching providers.” 

Rishi Sunak took over the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer following Sajid Javid’s resignation. The cabinet reshuffle has seen some other changes within government and the Department for Education: 

  • Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary
  • Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families
  • Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards 
  • Michelle Donelan, Minister of State 
  • Gillian Keegan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State 
  • Baroness Berridge of The Vale of Catmose, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (replacing Lord Agnew as the government’s education spokesperson in the House of Lords)
  • Former Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has been appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Full ministerial portfolios are yet to be confirmed.