Supporting People into Work: Childcare Costs

Part of Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons on 23 January 2023.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

Soaring childcare costs are indeed a major barrier to parents seeking to return to the workplace. Parents seeking to take a job may find that they have to have at least £1,000 in the bank in advance to pay for the first month’s childcare. Can the Minister explain how a parent on universal credit who wants to move back into work is supposed to fund those up-front childcare costs and then wait a month for them to be reimbursed?