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U.K. to Give $460 Million More in Child-Care Help to Part-Timers

October 06, 2011

Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. government will spend an extra 300 million pounds ($460 million) to subsidize child care for part-time workers in an effort to increase incentives for people to find jobs.

An extra 80,000 households will be able to claim as much as 300 pounds a week toward child-care costs after the government said it would change the current rule that support is only given to those working more than 16 hours a week. The change will take effect in 2013.

“We are determined to help more parents take their first steps into work,” Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said in an e-mailed statement in London today. “Under the current minimum-hours rule, parents are trapped in state dependency without the child-care support they badly need -- providing yet another barrier to work.”

--Editors: Eddie Buckle, Andrew Atkinson

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Hutton in London at rhutton1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net.


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