Closure Of Childcare Vouchers To Pile More Costs On Working Families

  • Campaign to keep Childcare Vouchers open responds to new survey showing parents facing rising childcare costs.
  • Closure of Childcare Vouchers will place yet more burdens on working families.
  • Childcare Voucher industry urges government to keep Childcare Vouchers open to maintain choice for working parents.

The Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA) is urging the government to keep Childcare Vouchers open to ensure all working parents have maximum choice and flexibility when it comes to paying for childcare.

Responding to the Family and Childcare Trust’s (FACT) 17th annual holiday survey, which shows parents face a five per cent increase in the price of childcare this year, with the cost of just one week’s holiday childcare in England averaging at £134.66, Jacquie Mills, Chair of the CVPA, said:

“As the Family and Childcare Trust’s survey shows, summer holidays can be a stressful time for many working parents. Finding the right childcare to suit their working patterns at a price they can afford can leave parents with few options.

The proposed closure of Childcare Vouchers on 4th October 2018 will only further exacerbate childcare costs and limit flexibility for parents. We want all working families to have a choice when it comes to paying for childcare that suits their family’s needs. That’s why we’re calling on the government to #SaveChildcareVouchers and give all working parents that choice”.

FACT’s survey also shows the costs of holiday childcare vary significantly across the country and represent another blow for working the families in the UK.

The government proposes to close Childcare Vouchers to new entrants on 4th October 2018. All working parents, and parents to be, will be unable to join the scheme after this deadline and many families are set to receive less support for childcare.

Research from the CVPA shows that the closure of the Childcare Voucher scheme will leave the majority of working families with less support for childcare. The CVPA found that at least 90 per cent of families will be better off using Childcare Vouchers, Tax Credits, or a combination of the two, than they would be under Tax-Free Childcare, placing greater financial burdens on working families.

To ensure parents have the maximum choice and flexibility when it comes to paying for childcare, the CVPA has launched a campaign to #SaveChildcareVouchers to ensure all families have access to the same financial support towards the cost of childcare.

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Notes for editors:

  • The CVPA is the industry association established to represent the views of childcare voucher provider companies. CVPA members establish self-regulation of the childcare voucher industry, providing a benchmark in terms of quality of service employers can expect.
  • The campaign to #SaveChildcareVouchers was launched in May 2018 ahead of the planned closure to the Childcare Voucher scheme on 4th October 2018. It urges parents, employers, and childcare providers to lobby their MP to urge the government to keep the scheme open.
  • According to the Department for Education’s most recent figures, the average family spends £2,014 a year on childcare. A two-parent family where both parents are paying the basic rate of tax can save up to £1,866 a year with Childcare Vouchers.
  • There are over 780,000 parents currently using Childcare Vouchers. Childcare Vouchers have benefitted millions of parents since their introduction in 2005.

 

 

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