- Over 70 businesses and charities, including Barnardo’s and Kettle Foods, have signed a pledge in support of the Childcare Voucher scheme.
- Representing around 45,000 members of staff, employers say the proposed closure of the scheme risks undermining employee engagement.
- Businesses are calling on the government to keep the scheme open beyond 4th October and #SaveChildcareVouchers.
More than 70 businesses and charities have backed the campaign to #SaveChildcareVouchers and are calling on the government to keep the scheme open indefinitely alongside Tax-Free Childcare.
75 employers, including Kettle Foods and the UK’s largest children’s charity Barnardo’s, have signed their name in support of the popular workplace benefit, which is due to close to new entrants on 4th October 2018.
Combined, the businesses in support represent around 45,000 members of staff, many of whom benefit from the scheme.
If Childcare Vouchers closes to new entrants on 4th October 2018, it is set to have the biggest impact on:
- Parents accessing the scheme who change job after 4th October;
- Parents seeking employment after 4th October;
- Parents or prospective parents needing childcare when their first child is born after 4th October; and
- Employers wanting to offer the scheme to new staff, not just those already in the scheme.
With around 280,000 first born babies each year, thousands of working parents are set to lose out on vital childcare support.
In support of the campaign, a spokesperson for Kettle Foods said:
“Kettle Foods is proud to be one of the thousands of businesses that offers Childcare Vouchers. The scheme helps many of our working parents to maintain a healthy work-life balance and is one of the most popular employee benefits we offer.
We’re signing the business pledge to #SaveChildcareVouchers so all our staff have the choice of this childcare support”.
Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:
“Barnardo’s employs over 8,000 people. As part of our package of benefits to help families, we offer the Childcare Voucher scheme to all staff, which we believe is pro-family and supportive to our staff with young children in managing their work-life balance.
“Barnardo’s believes parents should have a choice in which scheme parents wish to use.”
Patrick Allen, Senior Partner at London based solicitors, Hodge Jones & Allen, said:
“The Childcare Voucher scheme has helped us recognise and assist with the difficulties many working families face when combining work with childcare. At Hodge Jones & Allen solicitors, we support modern working practices that are flexible and help working parents – that’s why we give full support to the campaign to #SaveChildcareVouchers”.
Chair of the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA), Jacquie Mills, said:
“Employers across the country want the Childcare Voucher scheme to remain open because the families they employ would struggle to manage work and home life without it.
It is vital for businesses’ recruitment and retention – working parents consistently favour employers who understand and support their childcare needs.
We’re calling on the government to #SaveChildcareVouchers so working parents can keep doing what they do best with the childcare support that suits them.”
- Beatrice Allen on 020 3102 3626 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- There are over 780,000 parents currently using Childcare Vouchers. Childcare Vouchers have benefitted millions of parents since its introduction in 2005.
- 75 employers representing 44,807 employees have signed the business pledge to #SaveChildcareVouchers.