Alice and John are both in their late 60’s and retired. The provide family permanence for their three year old great grandson Eddie. They have just been informed that because they do not work they cannot access the 30 hours free nursery.
Alice and John feel that this is very unfair as they have both worked from the age of fifteen. They have given up their retirement to look after their great grandson, saving the state hundreds of thousands of pounds. If they both go to work they will lose both their SGO allowance and Child Tax Credits (which is deducted from SGO allowance) so either way the family and child loses out. Eddie does get 15 hours free but is not entitled to 30 hours. Child Benefit is also deducted from their SGO allowance. They do not think this is fair and would like to ask the government and Children’s Minister to do something about it.