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Universal Credit and use of OFSTED registered Nannies

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I would like to request clarification on how OFSTED registered Nannies will be paid for under Universal Credit.

There is conflicting information published on the issue.

I wanted to find out what approved childcare was. I followed the link www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs?ste... which states "home care workers working with a registered home care agency". This is the only reference to an OFSTED registered Nanny.

I also examined the guidance on www.gov.uk/government/publications/unive... which states that providers must be OFSTED registered, with no other stipulations.

These appear to be contradictory in nature, and are both taken from gov.uk. Please can you clarify which one is correct.

In addition, following discussion with DWP staff, no one appears to be able to clarify how to provide evidence of cost for a Nanny as no invoice will ever be produced. A Nanny is provided with a wage slip as they are employed. A Nanny can generally not be classed as self employed (HMRC guidance). How does Universal Credit guidance allow for this when providing evidence of childcare.

Yours faithfully,

J.Thorpe

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