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Welfare Reform Bill

Volume 493: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the provision of child care to enable single parents to carry out work-related activity under the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (275404)

The Department works closely with the Department for Children, Schools and Families to ensure the successful delivery of the National Childcare Strategy for England, which aims to ensure that there is sufficient child care available to meet the needs of working families and to support parents who are undertaking work related activities. Key to this are the provisions in the Childcare Act 2006, which includes a duty on local authorities to secure sufficient child care to ensure they meet the need of their local communities, in particular for those on low incomes and who have disabled children.