New Clause 8 - Review of childcare tax credit amounts

Part of Welfare Reform and Work Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:25 am on 20 October 2015.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 9:25, 20 October 2015

I have been sitting here processing what the Minister has said, and I believe that she told the Committee at the outset of her speech that the Government have kept the cost of childcare continually under review. If that is right, there is not a huge gap between us. Given the alarm that is spreading across the country over cuts in benefits and whether working families will be able to make ends meet, would it be a good idea to give a commitment today that the review will happen annually? We would not need to discuss the matter any further.