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Universal Credit and childcare: Work and Pensions Committee to question DWP Ministers

14 April 2022

DWP Ministers David Rutley and Mims Davies will face questions from MPs as the Work and Pensions Committee continues its inquiry into the current system of childcare support and its impact on working families.

Background to the session

The Committee’s Universal Credit and childcare costs inquiry was launched amid concerns that the existing system of support creates barriers to parents moving into work or working more hours.

The Ministers are likely to face questions on the aims of the Government’s childcare policy and the role of the Flexible Support Fund in supporting parents paying childcare costs upfront. They could also be asked about the impact of childcare caps, which have been frozen since 2005, and what the Department is doing to raise awareness about entitlement to childcare support.

The Committee has recently taken evidence on this topic from campaigners with experience of the Universal Credit system, as well as policy specialists, charities and professional organisations.


Wednesday 20th April, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 9.15am

  • David Rutley MP, Minister for Welfare Delivery, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Mims Davies MP, Minister for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions

Further information

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