Guidance for providers offering funded 2 year old places from April 18.

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Following consultation the DfE have amended existing regulations to implement a net earnings threshold of £15,400 for Universal Credit claimants, to come into force from 1st April 2018. What do these changes mean for Bradford parents and providers?

What do these changes mean for Bradford parents? 

Universal Credit will replace the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

and Bradford parents will be moved on to Universal Credit gradually.

What changes mean for Bradford providers?

Universal Credit

Using paper based evidence of eligibility will not be possible for families on Universal Credit as their eligibility is based on the last 3 assessment periods.

Providers must use the 2 year old online checker which has been updated to incorporate the thresholds for Universal Credit.

If the family meet the criteria you will receive a green tick result and remember to keep a copy of this.

If not eligible the result will be a red cross. If a parent on Universal Credit believes they meet the earnings threshold please ask them to contact and Bradford Council will look into this.

All other benefits and tax credits

We advise that providers use the online checker for all benefit and tax credit eligible parents and retain a copy of the check as evidence. Remember you must have permission from the parent to do the check.

If a parent receives a red cross result for all other benefits and tax credits (which are known as legacy benefits) then request a copy of the most recent official correspondence from the parent to confirm their eligibility. Tax Credits threshold remains at £16,190.

The rest of the eligibility criteria listed below remain the same and can not be confirmed using the checker, providers should continue to use official documentation and retain paper based evidence to prove eligibility.

  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • the child has a statement of special educational needs made under section 324 of
    the Education Act 1996;
  • the child has an Education, Health and Care plan prepared under section 37 of
    the Children and Families Act 2014;
  • the child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance under section 71 of the Social
    Security and Contributions and Benefits Act 1992
  •  they are looked after by a local authority (under section 22(1) of the Children Act
    1989) or by a local authority in Wales within the meaning given by section 74(1) of
    the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
  • they are no longer looked after by a local authority as a result of an adoption order,
    a special guardianship order or a child arrangement order (within the meaning of
    section 8(1) of the Children Act 1989 or section 74(1) of the Social Services and
    Well-being (Wales) Act 2014) which relates to either or both of the following
    • with whom the child is to live;
    • when the child is to live with any person


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Published: 12/03/2018
Audience: All funded early education providers.
Contact: Kay Holden

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