Universal Credit: Childcare Costs

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Labour/Co-operative, Manchester Central

As the Minister will know, one of the big challenges with universal credit is that families have to pay their childcare costs upfront. Save the Children and the Centre for Social Justice have recently warned that this is leaving families in £1,000 of debt when they start work. Under the review that the Department now seems to be conducting, can it look again at this, and can it also look at their other recommendation of making it not 85% but 100% of childcare costs, because this would really benefit those on low pay?