Make sure you are accessing all the financial support you are entitled to this Christmas

The festive season is upon us once again with, thankfully, many more opportunities to gather together with family and friends than last year. The run up to Christmas is often an expensive time for parents, with presents to buy and family meals to plan. In that way this year is no different to any other. However, 2021 has been a challenging year for many households with rising costs, the end of furlough and the self-employment income support scheme, as well as the cut to Universal Credit.

And while we have seen the relaxation of many lockdown restrictions that were in place this time last year, there are still high numbers of people impacted by Covid-19.

As the economy has opened up, it is easier to go out socialising and to shop on the high street, but we know many families this year have a lot less money to spend after the household bills have been paid. Rising costs for energy, heating, electricity and essentials in the weekly shop are all squeezing household budgets.

At Employers For Childcare we are well aware of the financial struggles that families face right across the year and we are here to ensure that your family is aware of all the financial support you are entitled to – whatever your circumstances.

Last year we completed almost 4,000 calculations for parents, helping more than 13,400 people and identifying additional financial support of over £3.5 million for families. As one parent told us: “I find it reassuring to know that I can receive impartial advice about my options from someone who understands and can navigate the intricacies of the process”.

We also know just how busy this time of year can be, so before 2022 even starts why not make the decision to call our Family Benefits Advice Service to ensure you will be starting the new year knowing exactly what support you are entitled to, and how to apply for it. Our skilled advisors are available on Freephone 0800 028 3008 or email We provide advice and guidance on a wide range of support including Tax-Free Childcare, Universal Credit, Tax Credits and disability or social security benefits – including how these may be impacted by any changes the New Year will bring.

The Family Benefits Advice Service provides free, impartial and confidential advice on the financial support available to families. Last year, where we completed a personalised ‘better off’ calculation for a family, we identified an average of £2,800 in financial support they were unaware they were entitled to – think what a difference that would make to your family this Christmas and in 2022.