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Child Care Costs

If your child is under 15 (or 16 with a disability), and  you pay for child care, a partial deduction can be made from the income figure that is used to calculate your Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support.

This can be up to £175 (for one child) or £300 (for two or more children) per week for the following categories:

  • Lone parents who work at least 16 hours per week.
  • Couples who both work at least 16 hours per week.
  • Couples if one of them works at least 16 hours per week and the other one is incapacitated, or in hospital, or in prison (whether serving a sentence or on remand)

To qualify the child or children will need to be with:

  • A registered child minder, nursery or play scheme.
  • A child minding scheme for which registration is not required (e.g. run by a school, local authority).
  • Child care approved for working tax credit purposes.
  • Any out-of-school-hours scheme provided by a school on school premises or by local authority - in this case only the child must be aged 8 or more.

Inform us of your Child Care costs

The information you provide will assist us to calculate your Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support and may be verified with your Child Care provider.