The government, after successful lobbying by many individuals and organisations, has decided to extend the current tax credit support limits of 70% of a maximum £175 for one child and £300 for 2 or more children to those working less than 16 hours a week.
This will put an extra £300m into the childcare pot for Universal Credit.
It’s a considerable improvement over the previous options that had been put forward for consideration although there will be some disappointment that they have not restored the previous 80% maximum.
One question, that strikes me, is that the press release says The additional £300 million has been secured from the investment package that has been allocated to fund the Universal Credit. and I wonder what may have been cut to free up the money?