Single mother brings legal challenge against Universal Credit childcare payments

Govt Newspeak

Nichola Salvato [below] has brought a judicial review against the system of childcare payments, claiming it discriminates against single parents.

Nichola Salvato

A single mother who fell into debt trying to pay her childcare costs upfront is bringing a legal challenge to the Government’s policy of only reimbursing money once it has been spent.

Nichola Salvato tried to return to work full-time in her role as an adviser to a housing association once her daughter turned 10. But she found herself relying on payday lenders to pay for care.

Currently the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will only refund parents and carers 85% of their childcare costs through their Universal Credit payments once it has received proof of payment.

Ms Salvato, 48, from Brighton, eventually had to reduce her working hours so she could pay for childcare herself

90% The percentage of single parents who are women

She is now bringing…

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