Child Poverty

Part of Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons on 9th March 2020.

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Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The way universal credit works is for people to have payments in arrears, but 85% of eligible childcare costs are covered, compared with 70% under the legacy system. It is also important to stress that the flexible support fund can be used to help with those sorts of costs, but we need to ensure that people are paying according to their salaries, as opposed to our simply giving grants up front.