childcare

  • Childcare, tax credits and other help


    factsheet

    This factsheet looks at when parents in work can get help with childcare costs through working tax credit. It also looks at other sources of help and the interaction with tax credits.

    It contains some information that is only relevant to Scotland. For UK-wide information, see Tax credits and childcare.

  • Early years and childcare services


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    We are interested in working with early years services, childcare providers and information services to promote access to:

    • quality, affordable childcare through tax credits and universal credit
    • other financial help for families at risk of poverty.

    We are offering free resources including factsheets on financial help with childcare for low income families, a free advice line, and a short seminar for your group – see below for details.

  • Briefing on the Childcare Bill

    June 2015
    briefing

    In this briefing on the Childcare Bill CPAG welcomes the government’s commitment to extend free childcare for three and four year olds to 30 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year but also raises a number of concerns about how this could play out for families on low incomes.

  • Tax-Free Childcare, universal credit and tax credits

    Issue 244 (February 2015)
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    Mark Willis describes a new scheme due for introduction during 2015, aimed at assisting with childcare costs for some families, and its exclusive interaction with universal credit (UC) and tax credits. UPDATE: Tax-Free Childcare will not be introduced until 2017.

  • Childcare support for working families

    Level: Basic

    training course

    This half-day course is for people working in childcare and early years, who want to maximise incomes for working families and help them to avoid common benefit problems. It concentrates on who can get help with the costs of childcare through the social security system, and how this interacts with other sources of support, including the new tax-free childcare scheme. No previous knowledge of benefits is required.

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  • CPAG in Scotland response to Childcare Commission Call for Evidence - August 2014

    August 2014
    briefing

    CPAG in Scotland responded to a call for evidence from the Independent Commission for Childcare Reform. CPAG’s submission covers the need for more affordable, high quality, flexible childcare, the lack of financial support for families and the obstacles to childcare which currently prevent low income families from accessing existing provision.

    You can read the full response here.

  • Tax credits and childcare


    factsheet

    This factsheet looks at when parents in work can get help with childcare costs through working tax credit.

  • Childcare support under universal credit

    October 2013
    briefing

    The cost of childcare is a key constraint that many low-income parents face when trying to work more. Here’s CPAG offers its analysis and recommendations to government on proposals for new childcare support under universal credit.

  • Childcare and maternal employment in London

    September 2013
    briefing

    The number of mums who work in London is significantly below the national average and is a strong explanatory factor for the high rates of child poverty in the capital. In this new report, CPAG considers the role of childcare in explaining this situtation and what local authorities can do to improve provision for parents.

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


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    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.