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Did you know that as of 4th October 2018 the Childcare Voucher Scheme will close to new entrants? Will this affect you? Many parents and of course future parents to be will lose out on vital childcare support. After this deadline, parents will be unable to join the Childcare Voucher Scheme, this will of course see working families receiving less support for childcare.
Being a working mum myself (on maternity leave) this decision could affect us as a family, so I’m joining the campaign to #SaveChildcareVouchers. If you want to help support this why not lobby your MP to keep the scheme open alongside Tax-Free Childcare. Meaning all working parents can choose the support that best suits their individual family needs.
Before you find out how closing the scheme will affect you, let’s see exactly what the Childcare Voucher Scheme is all about.
What is the Childcare Voucher Scheme?
It’s a voucher scheme that is a government-approved, tax-efficient way of paying for childcare. Once you join the scheme you can swap up to £243 a month (£55 a week) of your gross salary for childcare vouchers.
All registered childcare providers can accept the vouchers as a method of payment. Plus the scheme is free to join. Both parents can sign up for it, doubling the amount you can save. In fact if both of you were working and use the maximum allowance, you can save up to £1886 per year.
Will Closing The Scheme Affect You?
- If you already access Childcare Vouchers but change jobs after 4th October
- Parents or prospective parents needing childcare when their first child is born after 4th October
- Employers wanting to offer Childcare Vouchers to their new staff – not just those already in the scheme after 4th October
What can we do to keep the Childcare Voucher Scheme open?
- Contact your local MP. Your MP can put pressure on the government to keep the scheme open to new users beyond October.
- Share this campaign with your friends and colleagues, including new or expectant parents. Encourage your networks to write to their own MP, so that all parents can have access to Childcare Vouchers beyond October.
- Share this campaign on social media. The power of social media is extremely strong nowadays. You can also use social media to call on your MP to keep Childcare Vouchers open to new entrants. Tweet them! I just tweeted my MP. Don’t forget the power of Facebook, get your friends to share with their friends and so on. LinkedIn is another valuable place to share.
Here are some sample tweets to help get the word out:
(Just copy and paste and fill in your MP’s Twitter handle)
** Please [insert MP’s twitter handle] stand with working parents and urge @hmtreasury to halt the closure of Childcare Vouchers to new entrants and keep this vital support open alongside Tax-Free Childcare #SaveChildcareVouchers **
** I value flexibility and choice when it comes to paying for my childcare. Please [inset MPs twitter handle] call on @hmtreasury to keep Childcare Vouchers open alongside Tax-Free Childcare to give all working parents that choice #SaveChildcareVouchers **
The deadline to join the scheme is fast approaching so please, all new parents and families who could benefit and are not registered for Childcare Vouchers to do so now, rather than miss out.
Find out more over at the Future of Childcare Support Website.
Thanks for stopping by today, I really hope you can get involved with this campaign and help us to save the Childcare Voucher Scheme for future parents to be.
*This is a collaborative post.