Currently parents under 20 who meet the scheme requirements can claim up to £160 a week (£175 a week in London) for childcare and related transport costs under the Care to Learn programme to enable them to gain qualifications.
The amount of money available for Care to Learn will rise across the Spending Review period, from £38.6 million in 2011-12 to £44.7 million in 2014-15. However, while the number of teenage parents is declining, more are likely to remain in education or training as the participation age is raised, to 17 in 2013 and to 18 in 2015.
The nine-week consultation outlines the four possible options but with little scope to raise concerns or identify barriers. This survey therefore attempts to allow for an understanding of issues and barriers raised by the proposals