Universal credit stops parents returning to work, MPs told

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Group of mothers tell Commons committee that upfront childcare costs and unfathomable system make return to work difficult

  • Patrick Butler
  • The Guardian

Having to pay upfront monthly childcare costs of hundreds of pounds while dealing with slow and unfathomable universal credit bureaucracy is preventing single parents from returning to work, MPs have heard.

Batl 1aGiving evidence to the Commons work and pensions committee on Wednesday, a group of mothers said accessing childcare support through the new benefits system – a key part of government plans to encourage parents to return to work – was stressful, complex and…

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