Clause 4 - Declarations of eligibility

Part of Childcare Payments Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 21 October 2014.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Exchequer Secretary 11:00, 21 October 2014

I reassure the hon. Lady and the Committee that, as we emphasised last week while giving evidence, we aim to simplify the scheme to make it as straightforward as possible. As we touched on last week, we are aiming to work with third parties and stakeholders to get all the right signposts in so that no one misses out on the potential to access the scheme. We are being conscientious and focused on doing this in the right way.

In addition to the digital development—as I explained last week, I have experienced a walk-through and it is straightforward—it is our priority to ensure that everyone who is eligible for the scheme has access to it. I hope that the Committee will agree that the clause should stand part of the Bill.