Dear @RishiSunak, @GavinWilliamson and @MattHancock – we need you to put children at the heart of the spending review. Please introduce the #ParentInfantPremium to support children in their earliest years. Please take a minute to find out more. #BabiesinLockdown

The Babies in Lockdown report showed some of the challenges faced by parents and the impact it has on children in their earliest years. Evidence shows that pregnancy and the earliest years lay the foundations for a child’s lifelong health, learning and happiness.

That is why we are encouraging the Government to introduce the Parent-Infant Premium as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review. It will provide local areas with additional money to help pay for services to support families during pregnancy until their child is three.

The Parent-Infant Premium is similar to the Pupil and Early Years Premiums but while the Pupil Premium addresses gaps in learning once children are at school, the Parent-Infant Premium could support families to prevent these gaps in the first place. The Parent-Infant Premium would give local areas £1,000 per baby that meets the eligibility criteria.

This new idea could give local areas vital extra money, but we need your help. Please, get involved. Write to your MP, share our briefing document, or just send a tweet to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

What can I do to help?

We need you to write to your MP telling them about the importance of the Parent-Infant Premium. We’ve created a template letter that you can email to your MP.

The letter asks MPs to write to Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and ask him to include the Parent-Infant Premium in the Compressive Spending Review.

MPs’ role is to listen to their constituents and raise issues that matter to them. So, if you write to your MP, it’s likely that they will respond. Government departments have to treat letters from MPs seriously and respond quickly, so if lots of MPs write to the Chancellor, this will help to persuade him to take action.

What can I do next?

Find your local MP’s email address here: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP

Use our template letter to help you to email your MP and attach our Parent-Infant Premium policy briefing paper so they have all the information they need.

Use our tweet to send a message to the government:

Dear @RishiSunak, @GavinWilliamson and @MattHancock – we need you to put children at the heart of the spending review. Please introduce the #ParentInfantPremium to support children in their earliest years. Please take a minute to find out more. #BabiesinLockdown

Or write your own tweet saying what the Parent-Infant Premium would mean for you.

The #ParentInfantPremium could enable families like me to … @RishiSunak please ensure that the CSR invests in our babies and our future.

For example, you might say “The #ParentInfantPremium could enable families like me to see our health visitor face to face. @RishiSunak please ensure that the CSR invests in our babies and our future.”

What will the Parent-Infant Premium mean?

The following are some examples of what the Parent-Infant Premium could allow local areas to do:

  • Fund a local specialist parent-infant relationship team to provide individual or group work interventions for families struggling with their early relationships because of factors such as domestic abuse or poor parental mental health.
  • Establish a toy and book library so all children have access to more enriching learning and play materials at home.
  • Could ensure all Health Visitor contacts are face-to-face and create more capacity within the health-visiting team to provide additional support to families.
  • Enable Health Visiting teams to establish partnerships with charities like Home-Start and Best Beginnings to give parents advice and volunteer support throughout their children’s early childhood.
  • Enable family hubs and children’s centres to offer parent and baby groups that support early development.

What is the Comprehensive Spending Review and how does it work?

In July Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer launched a Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). The review will be published in the autumn and will say what the Government will spend money on over the next few years.

A Comprehensive Spending Review is something that Government carries out every few years to look at everything the Government does and to say where the Government will spend and invest, and what the public can expect from these resources.

Companies, charities and other organisations can suggest new policy ideas for the Comprehensive Spending Review, and the Treasury welcomes representations as part of the policy-making process.

We are asking that the Parent-Infant Premium is included in the Comprehensive Spending Review.