Parents experiences of claiming the childcare element of Universal Credit

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Averill, Phoebe; Davies, Malen; Mayer, Molly
Date of publication
1 July 2019
Children and Young People, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Families
Social welfare
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Save the Children UK commissioned NatCen to conduct a qualitative research study to explore parents’ experiences of claiming the childcare element of UC in England.

Universal Credit (UC) is now replacing Working Tax Credits (WTC) and Child Tax Credits (CTC) for those on low incomes. As part of UC there is also a childcare subsidy, like that provided under WTC, which offers working parents financial support to meet their childcare costs.

The childcare element of UC allows eligible parents to claim back up to 85 percent of their childcare costs.

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