PACEY and its members have played a key role in challenging how Universal Credit claimants receive their childcare support. Today the High Court ruled that the ‘Proof of Payment’ requirement for access to the childcare element of Universal Credit is unfair, as it places claimants who need childcare to work in difficult circumstances as they build up debts waiting for their childcare costs to be reimbursed.
Following the judge’s ruling which used evidence from PACEY and others to support single working mother Nichola Salvato’s case, the Department for Work and Pensions will now have to look at changing the rules for access to childcare through Universal Credit.
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Liz Bayram, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:
“We know that many providers feel unable to provide childcare to claimants because they cannot pay the upfront charges that nurseries and childminders need to charge to cover the cost of providing the place. Whilst some providers do provide childcare before payment is received, most are unable to take that risk. So this ruling will not only help families use Universal Credit to get the support they need to get into work or to increase their working hours; it will also mean more providers can offer that support.”