Submitted by Claire Kenyon on Wednesday 9th December 2020
Published on Monday 4th January 2021
Current status: Open
Open until: Sunday 4th July 2021
Current Signatures: 1,967
(count is updated approximately hourly)
Ongoing 100% business rate relief for all Early Years settings in England
There has been continued campaigning from the EY sector to access 100% business rate relief for settings in England, in line with those in Scotland and Wales. A recent campaign gained over 10,000 signatures, however, the relief was only offered in response to the Covid-19 crisis.
Early Years settings in the UK are hugely underfunded. Since 1999 and the introduction of the minimum wage, wages have increased by 151.5% including new pension and NI rules. In 1999, nurseries were paid £2.85 per hour. In 2021 some councils paid just £3.98. This 38% increase does not keep pace with minimum wage, let alone the proper salaries due to the increasingly highly trained practitioners. Rate relief is long overdue to offer some small recognition and consistency across the UK.
If you want to sign this petition (as opposed to merely discuss it), you need to do that on the government's e-Petitions website.
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