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Parents and guardians will have extra time to apply to be reimbursed for childcare costs through Universal Credit, the Government has revealed.
According to the announcement from the Department for Work and Pensions, those who claim the childcare element of Universal Credit will have an additional month to report their costs. Previously, those reporting costs had to do so in the same month-long Universal Credit assessment period in which they were incurred.
The Government states that up to 85% of childcare costs can be reimbursed through Universal Credit and that this extension could help claimants with two or more children avoid losing out on more than £1,100 per month.
Parents and guardians can report costs online, and those in work while in receipt of Universal Credit can apply for up to £646.35 per month if they have one child and up to £1,108.40 for two or more children.
Mims Davies, Minister for Employment, said: “Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, and that’s before something unexpected happens like a trip to the hospital or having to stay late at work.
“We are determined to support families to balance work-life and parenthood. Allowing an extra month-long assessment period for people to report their childcare costs means people shouldn’t have to worry about missing out on crucial payments they are entitled to.”
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