How to treat one off Child Care Costs

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  • #43941
    Julie whiston
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    Hi

    A customer in remunerative work with no ongoing child care costs, places her child in a nursery for a few days one week.

    As all the days the child attended the child care  fall in one benefit week, due to the date of change rules  no child care costs would be ever be disregarded from the parents earnings if they are entered only for the days of that the child physically attended the nursery as the customers child  began to attend and ceased to attend in the nursery in the same benefit week.

    However if the child care costs incurred  were input  for the whole Benefit week up to an including  the Sunday the child costs incurred would be deducted from the parents earnings when calculating the following weeks benefit.

    As the customer did not incur child care costs for the weekend and the child care providers charges appear to be daily there is a logic for stating that the customer only incurred relevant  child care costs for the weekdays that  the child actually attended the setting.

    However I doubt this customer would have been at work at the weekend either but we still treat the parents earnings as being for the whole of the week so there appears to be a contradiction between the way we are calculating the customers earnings and the way we are calculating the child care disregards from those earnings.

    Do you think there is any case for inputting the child care costs for period of the whole benefit week or do I just have to explain that due to the one off  child care costs incurred beginning and ending in the same benefit week there is nothing I can do.

    I can see an appeal coming here and would not want to have to go to tribunal over one weeks benefit if it can be avoided.

    Many thanks for taking the time to give me the benefit of your expertise 

     

     

     

    #153367
    joecarr6227
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    Hi,

    I have a similar claim where CCC have been paid only for 2 days @ £30 per day Tuesday 27/10/2015 & Thursday 29/10/2015 (October half term week), 1 day @ £30 per day Tuesday 22/12/2015 (December half term week) & 2 days @ £30 per day Tuesday 16/2/2016 & Thursday 18/2/2016 (February half term)

    The single parent claimant works & is paid 16 hours per week. 

    Do you think there is any case for inputting the child care costs for period of the whole benefit week or do I just have to explain that due to the one off  child care costs incurred beginning and ending in the same benefit week there is nothing I can do?  

    Do you there is any case under reg28 for adding all the CCC for the year & then dividing down by 39 to get a weekly average figure? 

    Many thanks in advance for your time and comments  

     

    #153369
    andyrichards
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    Seems to me there's a week when relevant childcare charges were incurred.  They can be disregarded for that week.  It's not really a change of circs if it's a one-off, is it?

    #153370
    andyrichards
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    …and to answer the second query, if they are not one-off's but happen very occasionally, I don't see a case for averaging over a hugely longer period when there were no charges.  Again just take them into account for the weeks when they were incurred.

    #153371
    andyrichards
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    Sorry!  Hadn't realised how old the first query was! 

    #153372
    joecarr6227
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    Thanks Andy … just enter the CCC from Monday to Sunday in the weeks they are paid then … looks like that is how the claim was initially set up whereas when the claimant declared the CCC at the time did not state only paid during school holidays so reassessment required to remove the CCC during term time.   

     

        

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