Restricting childcare benefit would hit poorest children hard, researchers warn
Restricting childcare benefits for out-of-work parents would have dire consequences for disadvantaged children and would not boost the employment rate, early education experts have warned.
Details of the government’s families package will be revealed in next week’s budget, and it is expected the government will increase the number of hours of work, training or education that parents must undertake before being eligible for childcare benefits.
Low-income parents who fail to meet the “activity test” are likely to be eligible for fewer hours of subsidised childcare than under the existing system.
Article Source: The Guardian