Qualitative research into families’ experiences and behaviours in the Childcare Affordability Pilots CAP09 - Disabled Children's Pilot

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Hall, Suzanne; Leary, Katrina; Bukowski, Graham
Department for Education
Date of publication
1 April 2011
Research Report DFE-RR103
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Disabled people
Social welfare
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The primary aim of this research was to understand the extent to which affordability was the main barrier to parents of disabled children in using formal childcare in order to take up employment. The Disabled Children’s Pilot, one of three Childcare Affordability Pilots launched by HMRC and DfE in 2009, offered parents of disabled children living in London the opportunity to claim up to 80% of their childcare costs (subject to tapering) if they went into work for at least 16 hours per week, paid up to a higher level than is normal within tax credits. Parents of disabled children have to overcome numerous barriers in order to find suitable work and childcare; overall the cost of childcare was not felt to be the most significant barrier to work for participants.

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