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Labour fights Early Childhood Education Funding Cuts

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Labour fights Early Childhood Education Funding Cuts in Botany

Funding Cuts to the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector commence today, and Labour will be campaigning hard against them as part of the Botany by-election campaign.

Labour by-election candidate Michael Wood says “National is cutting hundreds of millions of dollars out of the ECE sector. Fees are going up in centres across Botany, this will affect families and there is a real risk that quality will decline as centres are forced to lay off staff”

“I attended the launch of NZEI’s petition to reverse the cuts earlier today, with Labour leader Phil Goff and Labour Early Childhood Education spokesperson Sue Moroney, and we will be talking to ECE centre teachers and parents over the coming weeks about how these savage cuts will affect them.” Wood continued.

“This issue speaks to everything that is wrong with National’s priorities. On one hand they are prepared to spend billions on tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit the very wealthy, while on the other they will wield the axe at services supporting our youngest children.” Wood finished.

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