Save Childcare Vouchers!
Get behind the #SaveChildcareVouchers campaign – act now!
The Childcare Voucher scheme is due to close to new entrants on 4 October 2018 following a six month extension announced in March. This postponement shows the difference people power can make – it was the combined voice of parents, employers and childcare providers contacting their MPs that helped secure the extension.
The Government still plans to close the scheme to new entrants in October. This means expectant parents, working families not registered before then, and current users who switch jobs after October, stand to lose out on vital savings – up to £933 per parent each year. So now we must all step up and make our voices heard again.
On behalf of working parents, childcare providers and employers, we are calling on the Government to keep Childcare Vouchers open to new entrants, alongside Tax-Free Childcare, as part of a comprehensive and flexible package of childcare support for working families.
We are delighted several of our local MPs have endorsed the campaign to date, and have been working hard alongside us. We are grateful to them for their support, and are asking parents, childcare providers and employers to give them, and other MPs, the evidence they need in calling for a halt to the closure of Childcare Vouchers.
Lady Sylvia Hermon, MP (North Down) commented: “I am working closely with the charity Employers For Childcare to support the #SaveChildcareVouchers campaign, which urges the Government to keep the Childcare Voucher scheme open to new entrants. This particular scheme is an important form of financial support for working parents both in my own constituency and right across the UK, one which is also valued by employers and childcare providers.
Statistics show that thousands of working parents across Northern Ireland rely on the Childcare Voucher scheme for the financial support it offers in order to make childcare affordable. Stopping new parents, or those who move jobs after October, from accessing this support concerns me greatly, because it could mean parents leaving, or being unable to access, the workforce. That is certainly not an outcome I want to see.
Clearly, we must persuade the Government to change its policy of closing the Childcare Vouchers Scheme to new entrants, and so I am definitely supporting this new campaign.”
How can you support the campaign?
Find out how to lobby your MP below, or share our campaign materials through social media #SaveChildcareVouchers
Randox Group Endorsement
We were delighted to receive an endorsement from Randox Group for this campaign. Randox, an international company with more than 1,400 employees, is calling for the Childcare Voucher Scheme to remain open because:
- It offers flexibility, savings & convenience for Parents
- It also offers savings for the Employer
- It helps to retain staff who are parents of young children
- It benefits both Employee & Employers
All of which helps to maintain a valuable, positive working relationship. We would like to thank Randox Group, and all of the parents, childcare providers and employers, who have lent their support to this campaign so far.
Further information on the UK wide campaign is available at futureofchildcaresupport.com