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Training for childminders and nursery staff slashed by 40% as ministers fail to agree deal to cut childcare costs

Training for childminders and nursery staff slashed by 40% as ministers fail to agree deal to cut childcare costs 

Training budgets for nursery staff have been slashed by 40 per cent, MailOnline can reveal as minister scramble to secure a deal on cutting crippling childcare bills.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg last night failed to agree a deal on giving more help with the cost of looking after their children, including offering tax breaks to working parents and tearing up red-tape for nurseries and childminders.

But new figures reveal councils across England have dramatically cut funding budgets to train new childcare staff, undermining hopes of a massive expansion in the sector to reduce costs.

Labour used Freedom of Information laws to reveal how much councils have spent on training for the early years workforce and supporting childcare providers to employ well-qualified staff. Read more.

Matt Chorley | Daily Mail | 10th January 2013

Boris under fire after it is revealed that Thames cable car will cost £6m to run in first year

The £60m Thames cable car currently running in the Docklands is costing £500,000 a month to run TFL has said.

The scheme, named the Emirates Air Line, was launched by the Mayor last June and is expected to cost £6m to run in its first year.

The Emirates Air Line enjoyed a surge in travellers during the Olympics and Paralympics, during which it connected two major venues at North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.

More than 1.7 million passengers have already taken the five-minute trip surpassing its first-year target of 1.3 million trips.

However, passenger numbers have fallen from 180,000 a week during the Olympics to as few as 300 travellers a day.

The cost of running the project was revealed in a freedom of information request. Read more.

Rob Williams | The Independent | 10th January 2013



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