Clause 12 provides for regulations to prescribe the amounts to be included in Universal Credit award for additional needs or circumstances. This will cover childcare as the government has announced that there will be an additional ‘childcare element’ to cover these costs. Childcare support is vital to improving quality of life and strengthening work incentives for families on low incomes.

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Sam Royston
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Nowhere to turn

Our report reveals that money given to local authorities to replace the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) Social Fund has almost been halved compared to equivalent spending since 2010. It also shows that almost two-thirds of local authorities are no longer providing interest-free emergency loans through their replacement schemes. We fear this could drive vulnerable families deeper into debt, as they are forced to turn to loan sharks and high cost money lenders.

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