Clause 30 - Power to provide for automatic termination of universal credit

Part of Childcare Payments Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 23 October 2014.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Exchequer Secretary 2:30, 23 October 2014

As I have touched on previously, we are working with a range of stakeholders and parents on access outside of online and digital technology. Factors such as tax credit awards and universal credit play into that as well. It is not about looking at one issue in isolation. The online calculator is being designed to enable parents to input information and make a choice, having seen what they are eligible for. That is right and proper. However, there will obviously be a certain small section of the population that will also require support and guidance, and we will provide that through the work that we are undertaking.

As I have said, HMRC has published the first tranche of draft guidance, well ahead of the new scheme’s introduction. We intend to continue to work with parents, users and stakeholders to ensure that the guidance is as helpful and user-friendly as possible, so that parents get the provision that they need.