Former business minister Anna Soubry has given her backing to the Childfare campaign.
The well-known MP for Broxtowe met with Childfare representatives Emily Stott and Madeleine Beestin to learn about the national campaign, which is lobbying transport companies and visitor attractions to charge child pricing for all under-18s.
A change in the law means that everyone in England is now required to undertake some form of education or training until the age of 18. It means they cannot work full-time (and even if they could the minimum wage is only £3.40 for apprentices and £4 for 16-17 year-olds £4 – compared with £6.95 for young adults).
‘The Childfare campaign addresses an important issue for young people, especially those in education,” said Soubry. “Their goals make a lot of sense and I am glad to give them my full support.”
Soubry has also encouraged constituents receiving her newsletter to support the campaign.
Childfare co-founder Emily Stott said: “Anna was very supportive and gave us good advice in trying to raise the issue in Parliament. She was impressed by the success we have had in the national media and very encouraging.”
The issue of child pricing was recently debated by members of the youth parliament (MYPs) and now the campaigners are hoping to get the issue on the agenda of the senior parliament.
Two MYPs have now joined the Childfare campaign as regional representatives. Alaa Fawaz, 15, from Slough, and Emily Dormer, 18, from Newcastle, are lobbying local MPs and organisations, providing on-the-ground information and highlighting companies and attractions that support Childfare pricing.
Childfare is looking to attract more young people to become representatives and is encouraging schools that want to engage in research and lobbying to get in touch.
Madeleine Beestin, from Nottingham and herself a new recruit, said: “This is a national issue and it’s great to be part of a growing network of young people who are drawing attention to the problem and joining forces to do something about it.”