Childcare and the Universal Credit – Revised

New childcare funding proposals  have been highlighted by think tanks and charities alike. The Resolution Foundation has written a report that highlights the issues. eGov monitor has published an article that highlights the reports findings.

LocalGov.co.uk has also picked up on this news and you read the full article here or go to our news articles page for the latest updates.

The DWP have responded to the report stating; “We have been taking time to consider this issue carefully, and have been working closely with relevant organisations, like Gingerbread, on the rate at which childcare will be paid and the way this support will be delivered.”

The Daycare Trust and Save the Children have stated that their latest survey into childcare costs has revealed that families have gone into debt to cover the expense of childcare. The BBC has highlighted this in an article it has published today (7th Sept 2011).

The latest statement from the DWP states “The cost of childcare is one of the most important factors for parents when
considering work, and ministers have always said that under universal credit they will invest at least the same amount of money into childcare as in the current system.”

“We are working closely with the Treasury and other interested groups to ensure we get this right.”

Do you worry about childcare costs? How will the new Universal Credit affect you?

 

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