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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 21 October 2014

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Childcare Payments Bill


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the

 

Committee [14 October 2014].

 


 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer shall, within three months of Royal Assent,

 

undertake a review of the impact of top-up payments towards the costs of

 

childcare on the level of child poverty.

 

(4B)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer must publish the report of the review required

 

by subsection (4A) and lay the report before the House of Commons.”

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer shall, one year after this Act is passed, and every

 

three years thereafter, review the impact of the measures in this section on the cost

 

of childcare with particular reference to—

 

(a)    

the average cost of childcare for parents in work;

 

(b)    

the effectiveness of this section on making childcare more affordable;

 

and

 

(c)    

the impact of supply-led measures on the cost of childcare.


 
 

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( )    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer must publish the report of each review and lay

 

the report before the House of Commons.”

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

“(iii)    

to enable a qualifying disabled child to participate in education

 

or recreation related to the child’s wellbeing; or

 

(iv)    

to promote the wellbeing of the person where the qualifying

 

child is a disabled child.”

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

“(5)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer shall, within 12 months of the opening of the

 

first childcare account under section 17, undertake a review of the impact of the

 

three month entitlement period under this section.

 

(6)    

The report referred to in subsection (5) must in particular consider—

 

(a)    

the administrative impact of this requirement on eligible persons;

 

(b)    

the effectiveness and necessity of a three-month entitlement period; and

 

(c)    

what provisions are necessary to ensure effective awareness and

 

communication of the requirement to reconfirm eligibility on a quarterly

 

basis.

 

(7)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer must publish the report of the review and lay

 

the report before the House of Commons.”

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

A person is in qualifying paid work if the person has accepted an offer of work

 

on or before the day on which the declaration of eligibility is made and the work

 

is expected to start within 28 days of that day.”

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  24,  at end insert—


 
 

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“(6)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer shall, within three months of the passing of this

 

Act undertake a review of the impact of the income requirements introduced

 

under this section.

 

(7)    

The report referred to in subsection (6) must in particular consider—

 

(a)    

the appropriateness of the limit specified in regulations under section 10;

 

(b)    

the estimated average value of top-up per child;

 

(c)    

the proportion of parents paying for childcare who are expected to be

 

beneficiaries; and

 

(d)    

a distributional analysis of the beneficiaries.

 

(8)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer must publish the report of the review and lay

 

the report before the House of Commons.”

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  1,  after “may—”, insert—

 

“(a)    

repeal this section, or”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow the Government to bring forward regulations to allow the possibility

 

for top-up payments to be further aligned with Universal Credit.

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(7)    

This section shall not come into force except as specified in paragraph (a) below.

 

(a)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer shall bring the section into force by

 

order within six months of the passing of this Act.

 

(b)    

a statutory instrument containing an order under paragraph (a) shall be

 

accompanied by a report which details—

 

(i)    

the impact of delays to the rollout of Universal Credit on low-

 

income families with children expecting to receive top-up

 

payments, including a timetable for the rollout of this support;

 

(ii)    

the impact of this section on the take-up of Government

 

childcare support schemes;

 

(iii)    

the impact of the eligibility criteria under this section on the

 

complexity of interactions between Government childcare

 

support schemes; and

 

(iv)    

what guidance will be provided to parents to raise awareness,

 

understanding, and simplify those interactions.”

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  12,  page  7,  line  43,  at end insert—

 

“(7)    

The section shall not come into force except as specified in paragraph (a) below.


 
 

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(a)    

the Chancellor of the Exchequer shall bring the section into force by

 

order within six months of the passing of this Act.

 

(b)    

a statutory instrument containing an order under paragraph (a) shall be

 

accompanied by a report which details—

 

(i)    

a comparative analysis of the beneficiaries of top-up payments

 

versus other relevant childcare schemes;

 

(ii)    

what additional package of measures will be enacted to raise

 

awareness and understanding of the comparative benefits of

 

relevant childcare schemes; and

 

(iii)    

what information will be provided to persons to enable them to

 

make informed decisions about which scheme will be most

 

beneficial to them.”

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Clause  14,  page  8,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

A child is a qualifying child for the purposes of this Act until the last day of the

 

week in which falls the 1 September following the child’s 11th birthday (or 18th

 

birthday in the case of a disabled child).”

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  15,  page  9,  line  4,  after “may—”, insert—

 

“( )    

amend this Act to allow childcare accounts to be held by persons other

 

than those specified in subsection (1).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow the Government to bring forward regulations to allow for the

 

provision of Childcare Accounts to be made available to persons receiving childcare support other

 

than top-up payments.

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  15,  page  9,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

“(11)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer shall, within three months of Royal Assent,

 

undertake a review of the impact of subsection (2).

 

(12)    

The report referred to in subsection (11) above must in particular examine and

 

explore alternative options to the requirement for persons with responsibility for

 

more than one child to set up more than one childcare account.

 

(13)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer must publish the report of the review and lay

 

the report before the House of Commons.”


 
 

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Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  16,  page  10,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(5)    

The section shall not come into force except as specified in paragraph (a) below.

 

(a)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer shall bring the section into force by

 

order within three months of the passing of this Act.

 

(b)    

a statutory instrument containing an order under paragraph (a) shall be

 

accompanied by a report from the Director and laid before the House of

 

Commons by the Chancellor of the Exchequer which details—

 

(i)    

a timetable for delivering the new childcare account system;

 

(ii)    

progress to date in developing and preparing for the new system;

 

(iii)    

what provisions are in place to ensure the system is delivered on

 

time and to budget;

 

(iv)    

what provisions are in place to assist persons without access to

 

the internet;

 

(v)    

what provisions are in place to ensure financial support can still

 

be provided in the event of system failures or setbacks; and

 

(vi)    

a package of measures to ensure the account provider, associated

 

parties and their operations, are effectively monitored.”

 

Priti Patel

 

Clause  23,  page  13,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

“(3)    

In a case where—

 

(a)    

a person would (in the absence of this subsection) be required by

 

subsection (1) or (2) to repay an amount (“the repayable amount”) into a

 

childcare account, but

 

(b)    

the childcare account has been closed,

 

    

the person must pay the repayable amount to the person or body who was the

 

account provider in relation to the account (“the relevant account provider”).

 

(4)    

The relevant account provider must—

 

(a)    

pay the top-up element of the repayable amount to HMRC, and

 

(b)    

pay the remainder of that amount to the person who held the childcare

 

account.

 

    

(For provision about calculating the top-up element of an amount, see section

 

21.)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that, where a childcare account has been closed, amounts which need

 

to be refunded to the account-holder must be paid to the childcare account provider, who must then

 

repay the account-holder. This ensures that the top-up element of the repayment is returned to

 

HMRC.

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  29,  page  16,  line  25,  leave out “an award of tax credit is or has been made”


 
 

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and insert “an award of tax credit which includes the childcare element is or has been

 

made”

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  29,  page  16,  line  40,  after “tax credit”, insert “which includes the childcare

 

element”

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  29,  page  17,  line  2,  after “tax credit”, insert “which includes the childcare

 

element”

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  29,  page  17,  line  10,  after “tax credit”, insert “which includes the childcare

 

element”

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  31,  page  18,  line  43,  after “tax credit”, insert “which includes the childcare

 

element”

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  34,  page  21,  line  3,  after “tax credit”, insert “which includes the childcare

 

element”

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  34,  page  21,  line  14,  after “tax credit”, insert “which includes the childcare

 

element”

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  35,  page  21,  line  38,  after “tax credit”, insert “which includes the childcare

 

element”

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  35,  page  22,  line  4,  after “tax credit”, insert “which includes the childcare


 
 

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element”

 

Priti Patel

 

Clause  39,  page  24,  line  34,  leave out from “person” to end of line 38 and insert

 

“fails to make a payment in accordance with a requirement imposed by subsections (1) to

 

(3) of section 23 (refunds of payments made from childcare accounts),”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment, and amendment 20, are consequential on amendment 18. They provide that a

 

childcare provider who does not comply with the requirement to pay the repayable amount to the

 

account provider is liable to pay the top-up element of the payment to HMRC.

 

Priti Patel

 

Clause  39,  page  24,  line  39,  leave out “repayment” and insert “payment”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The explanatory statement for amendment 19 also applies to this amendment.

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  41,  page  26,  line  22,  leave out “careless or”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is a probing amendment, intended to establish what would constitute a failure to take

 

reasonable care and what the impact of that definition might be.

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Clause  41,  page  26,  leave out lines 23 and 24.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 13.

 

Priti Patel

 

Clause  42,  page  27,  line  40,  leave out “granted permission” and insert “permitted”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that, where HMRC have issued a warning notice to a person to comply

 

with an information notice and the person is permitted to bring a late appeal against the

 

information notice without formal approval from the tribunal, the warning notice from HMRC will

 

have no effect.


 
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