Liam Byrne today warned Iain Duncan Smith that childcare will be Labour’s key battleground for the Welfare Reform Bill as debate begins in the House of Lords. Byrne has challenged the Tories to accept a slew of amendments Labour will be tabling, which are designed to ensure that parents don’t lose out on childcare entitlements when Universal Credit is introduced.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said:

‘Despite all their bold talk, four out of five new jobs have gone to newcomers to Britain over the last year. We now have five people chasing every job and youth unemployment near a million. When is this government going to stop talking and start delivering for our young people?