A friend of mine is starting a full time degree in September and will have a young baby. She is married, but her husband works full time, so they will need to use childcare for the baby. She is convinced that he earns too much (£15,000) to get the childcare grant.
I believe the cut off is £19,000. Also if they provide proof of outgoings such as mortgage or rent, buildings & contents insurance, council tax and life insurance, these are taken off the partner's income. Also, when asked to estimate the partner's income for the coming year, it is income after tax and NI contributions have been taken off.
Not entirely sure. It should be on the student finance direct website or DFES. The childcare grant is up to 85% of the actual cost of childcare and depends on the household income. Income of dependents would be children's income, but they aren't likely to have any. Tax credits & child benefit aren't taken into consideration, although the amounts are asked for. It will also depend how many children there are, and how much the childcare is. The childcare grant is quite complicated to work out.
I found this
64. Some students with a partner in receipt of income may still receive a childcare grant but this depends upon the number of dependent children, the cost of the childcare, and the number of weeks that the childcare is used, as well as the level of the income of the partner (if treated as a dependant under regulation 45(1)).
65. The following table gives the income threshold under the dependants’ grant means test for receiving £1 of childcare grant for students with a partner who has an income. The calculation is based on the assumption that the student is incurring the maximum childcare costs and using registered or approved childcare for 52 weeks. For students with lower childcare costs, and those using childcare for part of the year, a separate calculation should be carried out.
Number of dependent children Maximum level of partner’s income
One child £13,274 per annum
Two children £19,849 per annum
It should be noted that the maximum levels of income given above would in both cases pay £1 of childcare grant and the full PLA of £1,400. Income that exceeds the maximum levels given above reduces the amount of PLA £ for £.
But the levels of partners income are, as I mentioned previously, after expenses and tax and NI.
The childcare has to be registered (usually with OFSTED). For 1 child cannot exceed £175 per week, and for 2 children no more than £300.
I hope that's helpful. If there's anything else you need to know, let me know.
Also, when she actually applies to the LEA, they will send her a childcare pack which will contain everything she needs to know and will give a lot more details than I could give you here. I could get a copy of this year's, but since it changes every year, it may not be entirely relevant.