PACEY continues to support single mother Nichola Salvato in her legal challenge around childcare payments.
Earlier this year, using evidence submitted by PACEY and others 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. However the Department for Work and Pensions appealed to the Court of Appeal, which ruled in its favour. It found that while the "proof of payment" rule does indirectly discriminate, the difference in treatment is justifiable and the rule is not irrational.
Now, Nichola and her legal team will ask permission to take the claim about upfront Universal Credit childcare payments to the Supreme Court.
Read the full release on Leigh Day website here.
Helen Donohoe, Policy Advisor at PACEY comments:
“We know that many families, particularly single parents, are put in an extremely difficult position because of Universal Credit’s current requirement for upfront childcare charges. And whilst no registered childcare provider wants to turn away a family in need, most are not in a position themselves to cover the cost of delivering that place particularly without greater certainty of receiving these payments.
“We hope that Nichola’s case, including evidence submitted by PACEY and our members, will be recognised at Supreme Court so that the Government finally facilitates a fairer repayment process that prevents vulnerable families from entering a ‘cycle of debt’ in order to access employment or training.”