Hi, im hoping someone here can help me. Im trying to get my head around the new system with universal credits.
Im now a single mum and i have a 10 year old just turned two year old and a 1 year old. He was born after april 2017 so i dont recieve any benefits for him.
Im desperate to get back into work but im worried i wont get help with the youngest. The chidcare costs for both of them full time roughly amounts to £2200 a month (shocking i know!)
I was told at a back to work meeting that they would pay up to 80% of childcare but when i use the online calculator it doesnt show any funding for him. Im trying to do the maths and it would work out most of my salary would go on childcare.
Was just wondering if anyone is currently receiving help for children born after april 2017.
Thank you for your post about childcare costs. As you are receiving universal credit you can get up to 85% of your childcare costs paid depending on your earnings. The maximum you can claim is 85% of £1108 for offsted registered child care. Although you don’t receive the child element for your youngest child in your universal credit you can still claim for the child care costs for them. You may want to call the Gingerbread free helpline on 0808 8020925 as one of the advisers can talk it through with you and do a calculation based on your circumstances.
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