This Library briefing describes the UK Government’s policy to write-off arrears arising from the 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes. These schemes are now closed to new applicants and ongoing maintenance cases have been transferred to the 2012 scheme.
The House of Commons Library recently published a briefing paper on the 30 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds in England which was introduced in September 2017:
- Commons Library briefing CBP-7591, “Children: Introduction of 30 hours of free childrecare in September 2017“, 10 October 2017
A recent Parliamentary Question asked what representations had been made to the Government on “the potential benefits to looked-after children of extending the 30 hours of free childcare entitlement to those children”. The Minister for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill, replied on 11 December 2017 with the following information:
Foster carers play a vital role in supporting some of our most vulnerable children. It is right that foster carers receive the support they need to meet the needs of the children whom they look after.
We are considering whether it is possible for children in foster care to take up the additional 15 hours in a way that promotes the best interests of the child.
This briefing describes the laying of the Statutory Instrument, its content, reaction from the sector, and the consultation on extending some its regulations.
This House of Commons Library briefing note sets out the rules on variations under the “2012 scheme” administered by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). From a policy standpoint, it compares the current variation rules to those for the legacy “2003 scheme”, and notes criticism of the changes and parliamentary debate of them. This Briefing was last updated in March 2019.