Policy paper

Universal Credit: increasing the childcare offer

Report on increasing the Universal Credit childcare offer and how it will interact with Tax-Free Childcare.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Welsh: Universal Credit: increasing the childcare offer

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In the consultation response Delivering Tax-Free Childcare the government announced that, from 2016, the childcare costs support working families may claim under Universal Credit will increase from 70% to 85%.

The increased childcare offer is outlined in this report, along with a summary of measures that will ensure Universal Credit and Tax-Free Childcare complement each other effectively.

The report covers:

  • a recap of the rationale for Universal Credit
  • support for childcare costs currently offered by the scheme
  • confirmation of the increase in childcare support and how this complements the government’s wider offer on childcare
  • how the consultation questions on Universal Credit are answered by the increase in childcare support
  • a summary of how Universal Credit and Tax-Free Childcare will interact
  • a summary of the ongoing roll out and evaluation of Universal Credit
Published 9 December 2014