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Childcare Payments Act 2014

Conditions of Eligibility

Section 13: Neither the person nor his or her partner may be receiving other childcare support

73.Section 13 sets out the eighth condition of eligibility. This is that the person must not be receiving certain other types of childcare support. This condition must also be met by any partner of that person. This stops a person or their partner receiving support under the scheme when they are already benefiting from other childcare support.

74.For example, a person will not meet this condition if they are receiving support under the Childcare Grant administered by the Student Loans Company, which provides up to 85% financial support towards students’ childcare costs. However, a person will still meet this condition if they benefit from payments that are made directly to their childcare provider, such as free early years provision. Regulations may also be made to provide other exemptions from this condition.

75.Subsections (1) and (4) stipulate that, on the date that they make a declaration of eligibility, the person must not be entitled to receive other forms of Government childcare support, or have made a claim to such support, for a period which includes the date of declaration or coincides or overlaps with the entitlement period for which the declaration is made.

76.Subsection (5) deals with cases where a person is making a declaration of eligibility in order to open a childcare account. In such a situation, the person will not yet know the date of their first entitlement period, and so the three-month period following the date of that declaration is to be used instead.

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