I'm on LCWRA. Am I entitled to childcare costs?

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ov4
ov4 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited June 2022 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi everyone, I am currently on lcwra, single and have an 11yr old, my childcare provider advised that I am entitled to childcare costs.   I’ve tried to research but not quite clear on how to go about it. 

Does anyone out there know if I am entitled and how to go about applying for childcare?

thank you 

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  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 5,022 Championing
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    Sadly you can only get childcare costs if you also have a partner on a joint claim that works. That's for UC. I don't know if it is different for ESA though. 
  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Championing
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    Morning @ov4 welcome to our great group.
    I'm sure you will be greeted by other members when they wake up ha ha 
    When your ready have a look around the site, you never know you might find other related answers.

    Look forward to seeing you around 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,310 Championing
    edited June 2022
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    Sadly you can only get childcare costs if you also have a partner on a joint claim that works. That's for UC. I don't know if it is different for ESA though. 
    That's not correct. For UC Single parents can also claim childcare costs of up 85%, capped at £646.35 for one child. Of course they need to be working to claim this. However, they need to pay the childcare costs upfront and then claim them back.
    The childcare you pay for must be provided by a registered or approved childcare provider.
    There's no childcare costs available directly through an ESA claim. 



  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 5,022 Championing
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    Sadly you can only get childcare costs if you also have a partner on a joint claim that works. That's for UC. I don't know if it is different for ESA though. 
    That's not correct. For UC Single parents can also claim childcare costs of up 85%, capped at £646.35 for one child. Of course they need to be working to claim this. However, they need to pay the childcare costs upfront and then claim them back.
    There's no childcare costs available directly through an ESA claim. 



    I wasn't saying about single parents in work I was saying in her case with LCWRA not working she can't claim childcare costs unless she had a partner that works. I see why what I said could be confused if I was talking generally not about her specifically though. I would edit but it is too late for me to so I'm glad you cleared it up for anybody else! 


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,310 Championing
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    Although there was no mention of them working. I just assumed they were because they asked about childcare. As you know people do work when found to have LCWRA.
    I always find only being able to edit with an hour of posting very frustrating.
  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 5,022 Championing
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    I've been on forums with no time limit to editing posts and that doesn't work well either as people use it badly but 1 hour can be too short as well like in this case. 
  • Sue_Alumni
    Sue_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 485 Empowering
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    Good morning @ov4 and welcome to the online community.  I think @poppy123456 has helped you with your question.  Is there anything else you need help with.