12-hour child care for lone parents

Unemployed lone parents are to be offered affordable child care for
up to 12 hours a day in a scheme to help them return to work.

Work and pensions secretary Andrew Smith said the school-based
child care would run from 7am to 7pm to give lone parents the
chance to work. The pilot scheme, which begins in April, will be in
Bradford and in Lewisham and Haringey in London, areas the
government has identified as lacking in child care.

Smith also unveiled plans to give lone parents more money while
job-hunting. The work search premium will pay those who have been
on benefit for more than one year £20 extra a week for up to
six months if they look for work. The in-work credit will pay lone
parents who take jobs of more than 16 hours a week an extra
£40 a week for the first year they are in work.

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