Working parents left with fewer childcare support options despite rising childcare costs

New research from Coram shows that the cost of childcare is continuing to rise for families across the UK despite fewer options of childcare support for working parents.

The government’s decision to close the Childcare Voucher scheme to new entrants in October 2018 has left parents with less choice and flexibility, with many questioning their ability to work at all.

This follows news that the scheme’s nominal replacement, Tax-Free Childcare, is supporting just a fifth of eligible parents – significantly below government expectations.

Responding to Coram’s survey, Jacquie Mills, Chair of the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA) said:

“Too many parents are locked out of work because of rising childcare costs and insufficient childcare support.

 Unfortunately, the closure of the Childcare Voucher scheme in October 2018 has only made this situation worse. Parents are now stuck with Tax-Free Childcare which is overall less generous, more hassle, and regularly unreliable. 

 It’s clear that now – more than ever – working families deserve greater choice of childcare support that helps them financially and encourages them to stay in work. The government should seize this opportunity by reopening the Childcare Voucher scheme, so no parent has to choose between work and family.”

Contact: Beatrice Allen on 020 3102 3626 or at

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