‘Confusion’ over childcare voucher changes
At present, the Employer Supported Childcare scheme allows working parents, who are not self-employed, to claim support to pay for registered childminders.
The vouchers, worth up to £243 a month, can be bought by each parent from their salary before tax. For basic rate taxpayers, this can mean an annual saving of £930.
In the autumn, the scheme will be replaced with a new “top-up” payment, where working families will be able to claim government support worth 20p for every £1 they spend on childcare.