GOVERNMENT EXTENDS CHILDCARE VOUCHER SCHEME FOR A FURTHER SIX MONTHS

GOVERNMENT EXTENDS CHILDCARE VOUCHER SCHEME FOR A FURTHER SIX MONTHS

At the beginning of March, I blogged about changes to childcare vouchers, whereby employers who currently operate a childcare voucher scheme in their business must close the scheme to new applicants from the 6th April 2018.

An alternative government-backed tax-free childcare scheme, set to replace the voucher system, is already operational. But since its launch in 2017, the scheme has experienced countless problems.

Under the new system, working parents – including those with self-employed status – who are earning more than £120 per week but less than £100,000 a year will receive government top-up contributions to help meet up to £10,000 a year of childcare costs for every child under 12 years.

On Tuesday 13th March 2018 the opposition forced a vote on key childcare-related issues in the House of Commons, which has resulted in the government’s decision to extend the deadline for employees to join an employer lead childcare voucher scheme until October 2018.

Fiona Haworth. You can contact Fiona on fiona@practical-hr.co.uk

If you feel that you need guidance or advice on this matter, please call Practical HR on 01702 216573 or email Fiona on the above.