Social Security Benefits: Working Hours

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 16 November 2023.

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Photo of Judith Cummins Judith Cummins Labour, Bradford South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support families' with childcare following changes to work related activity requirements for lead carers.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

From 28 June 2023, the DWP will now provide even more help with upfront childcare costs for parents on Universal Credit who wish to move into or progress in work.

At the same time, we have also increased the generosity of the Universal Credit childcare costs maximum amounts by nearly 50%.

These changes are part of a much wider package of generous childcare reforms including a phased introduction of 30 hours of free childcare for almost all working parents of children aged between nine months and three years of age.

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