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Universal Credit Written Answer, 24/03/14 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Commons on 24 March 2014 in response to Mike Crickart's (LD) question asking the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation his Department has had with groups representing separated parents on steps to ensure universal credit makes shared parenting a financially viable option for parents who do not have family-based financial arrangements in place; and how disputed child tax credits claims will be managed under the universal credit system.

The Minister of State for Employment, Esther McVey, replied that currently the child element will be awarded to the parent with whom the child or qualifying young person normally lives. Where separated parents both share the care of a child or qualifying young person they are expected to jointly nominate which of them has the main responsibility.

Where parents are unable to come to an agreement themselves, a determination will be made. This will take account of where the child normally lives and who has the main day to day responsibility.

The proposed approach to universal credit was set out in a White Paper "Universal Credit: Welfare that Works" and in draft regulations upon which a wide range of organisations responded to in the consultation exercise carried out by the Social Security Advisory Committee.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 24 March 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 24 March 2014