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Majority of parents want to keep access to Childcare Vouchers

Posted on 02 October 2017

Ninety-eight per cent of parents would like access to Childcare Vouchers to continue alongside the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme, according to a survey by the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA).

Over half of the 17,000 respondents (50.5 per cent), did not feel well informed about TFC, which went live in April 2017. A further 13 per cent had never even heard of the scheme.

Of those who have decided to sign up to TFC, 32 per cent found the process confusing and a further 11 per cent described the joining process as problematic.

Jacquie Mills, chair of the CVPA, called parents’ low levels of awareness and understanding of TFC ‘concerning.’

As such, the CVPA have renewed its call for the government to revise its plan to close access to Childcare Vouchers from April 2018.

This is especially important since many families will receive far more support under Childcare Vouchers compared to Tax-Free Childcare.

‘Tax-Free Childcare’s headline figure of £2,000 savings per year looks generous, but many parents will get far less in reality,’ says Mills.

‘It’s important that parents have time to understand Tax-Free Childcare and make an informed decision about whether they would be better off with childcare vouchers.’

For example, Childcare Vouchers is better suited for two parent families where one parent doesn’t work or earns less than £120/week, parents with childcare costs for older children, or those with fewer children and/or lower childcare costs.

Edenred and the CVPA are supporting a petition to have this issue raised in a parliamentary debate. If you agree that Childcare Vouchers should remain open, please sign the petition.

Under current government plans, parents already on a Childcare Vouchers scheme can continue to use them beyond April 2018, for as long as they are eligible and stay with their current employer. New applicants must have successfully joined a scheme by their March 2018 pay day.

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