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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 21 October 2014

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Childcare Payments Bill


 

[Fifth and Sixth Sittings]


 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Withdrawn  1

 

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

 

Negatived on division  2

 

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.

 

( )    

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

 

the report before the House of Commons.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 2 Agreed to.

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Not selected  33

 

Parliamentary Star    

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


 
 

:                                             

8

 

, continued

 
 

“(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.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 3 and 4 Agreed to.

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Withdrawn  3

 

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.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 6 to 8 Agreed to.

 

Alex Cunningham

 

Withdrawn  16

 

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.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Withdrawn  4

 

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


 
 

:                                             

9

 

, continued

 
 

“(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.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Negatived on division  6

 

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

 

Not called  5

 

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.”

 

Clause Agreed to.


 
 

:                                             

10

 

, continued

 
 

Catherine McKinnell

 

Lucy Powell

 

Withdrawn  8

 

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

 

“(7)    

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 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.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 13 Agreed to.

 

[Adjourned until Thursday at 11.30 am


 
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