Universal Credit: Children

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Eaton Baroness Eaton Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent estimate they have made of their expenditure on the (1) child element, and (2) childcare costs element, of Universal Credit.

Photo of Baroness Stedman-Scott Baroness Stedman-Scott The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Department’s profile of spending on childcare in Universal Credit is shown in the table below. As the volume of claimants with children on legacy benefits decreases as they move to Universal Credit, spending on childcare will increase accordingly.

Ann. cost 18/19

Ann. cost 19/20

Ann. cost 20/21

Ann. cost 21/22

Ann. cost 22/23

Ann. cost 23/24

Total cost UC Childcare








  1. The figures in the table above are derived from internal DWP models, and costs have been rounded to the nearest £100 million.

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