Response to changes to Universal Credit childcare element

Wednesday 28 June 2023
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Action for Children responds to changes to Universal Credit childcare element

The changes were announced in the Spring Budget in March 2023:

Alice Woudhuysen, head of campaigns and public affairs at Action for Children, said:

‘The improved childcare support in Universal Credit will help parents to leap over the huge hurdle of upfront nursery fees that stands in the way of those looking to escape poverty by moving into work or working longer hours.

'It’s vital that these changes are widely publicised so that parents know what they’re entitled to and work coaches in Jobcentres know what to offer.

The higher costs cap is a positive step, but the government needs to go further. Currently, parents on Universal Credit can only claim back 85% of their childcare costs. Action for Children is calling on the government to increase the maximum amount that can be claimed back to 100%.

The more we help parents tackle barriers to work like childcare, disability, and caring responsibilities, the better chance we have of cutting child poverty.’



Anna Caines, Senior Media Officer, Action for Children:

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