Clause 14 - Qualifying child

Part of Childcare Payments Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 23 October 2014.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North 11:30, 23 October 2014

I am grateful to the Minister for providing clarity about which dates apply to the provisions, but I remain disappointed that a child of 16 could still no longer qualify for any support from the Government  scheme. That said, I appreciate that the Minister has also talked about considering the wider provisions on support for particular groups of people.

I would ask that, in the next few weeks, prior to Report, the Minister explores and perhaps talks about how the additional costs of the provisions I have suggested would affect the Government. She talks of considerable Exchequer costs. I should be interested to know exactly what those costs are and whether it can be demonstrated that we cannot afford, as a country, to look after some of the most vulnerable children in our society.

Although I reserve the right to reintroduce it, depending on what comes forward on Report, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.