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Universal Credit ‘driving parents into despair and debt’, say MPs 23 Dec 2018 09:15 #12319

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Universal Credit ‘driving parents into despair and debt’, say MPs
The way childcare costs are paid in Universal Credit creates "a barrier to work", say MPs.


Welfare Weekly Posted by Welfare Weekly December 23, 2018 2:13 am


The way childcare costs are paid in Universal Credit is “driving parents into despair and debt” and undermines the Government’s intention of getting more people into work, according to a new report from the Work and Pensions Select Committee (WPSC).

The influential cross-party group of MPs says the success or failure of the flagship welfare reform depends largely on the new benefit’s ability to incentivise more parents into work.

Universal Credit claimants are expected to pay childcare costs up-front, long before they receive initial payments, and claim reimbursement from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) only after the childcare has been provided.
The Committee argues that this can leave families waiting weeks or even months to be paid back, with many families already struggling to make ends meet.
This leaves parents in an extremely difficult position, meaning they may be forced to turn down job offers or risk getting into debt in order to pay the upfront chilcare

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