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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-05-22more like thismore than 2018-05-22
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Day Care remove filter
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment of the effectiveness of support provided to parents for the cost of childcare under universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
unstar this property uin 146826 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-05-31more like thismore than 2018-05-31
star this property answer text <p>Universal Credit is designed to strengthen incentives for all of our claimants, including parents, to move into and progress in work, and it is working. There are now 11.5 million parents in work (a rate of 82.4%), while 67.4% of lone parents are now in employment.</p><p> </p><p>The Government now provides more support than ever before to help parents with the costs of childcare, including providing 15 hours a week of free childcare in England for all 3 and 4 year olds and disadvantaged 2 year olds, and doubling free childcare available for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds to 30 hours a week. We have also increased the level of support for childcare costs within Universal Credit from 70% to 85%, its highest ever level. This gives parents up to £646.35 per month for one child and £1108.04 per month for two or more children.</p><p> </p><p>We know that the longer someone is out of the jobs market, the harder it can be to return when they are ready. That is why, unlike legacy means-tested benefits, Universal Credit does not have a minimum of 16 hours per week to be entitled to the Universal Credit childcare offer. Instead, it supports the Universal Credit principle that work pays, regardless of the number of hours worked. Parents will also be helped to prepare for work when their youngest child is two, and look for work when they are three. This will give them the best chance of finding a job which fits in with their caring responsibilities. Work-related requirements are tailored to individual circumstances and compatible with child care responsibilities. Work coaches can consider caring responsibilities when setting availability and work search hours. This will also include work preparation activities.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2018-05-31T13:21:37.84Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-31T13:21:37.84Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter