Keep Childcare Vouchers open beyond April 2018

Hundreds of thousands of parents will lose out under the new tax-free childcare. The voucher schemes should be kept open alongside tax-free childcare to give parents a genuine choice for the support that best suits their family.

This petition closed on 18 Mar 2018 with 119,587 signatures


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1. Childcare Vouchers and Tax-Free Childcare - Frequently Asked Questions
20/04/2018 - Parliamentary Research

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2. Tax Relief for Childcare
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3. Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations SI 2018/120
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Found: Regulations SI 2018/120 were laid on 1 February, and came into force from 6 April 2018. The regulations

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Found: the Government is closing Childcare Vouchers to new entrants from 4 October 2018 without having conducted

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1. Childcare Vouchers
15/01/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: considered e-petition 200585 relating to childcare vouchers.I am pleased to serve under your chairmanship - Speech Link

2. Universal Credit
13/03/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: Saving and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2018 (S.I., 2018, No. 65), dated 22 January, a copy of which - Speech Link
2: Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Free School Lunches and Milk, and School and Early Years - Speech Link
3: says:“This is not a case of the government taking free school meals from a million children”?These - Speech Link
4: arrangements, those 1 million children would be entitled to free school meals. With the regulations, the Government - Speech Link

3. Free Childcare: Costs and Benefits
19/02/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: House has considered the costs and benefits of free childcare.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link

4. Free School Meals: Summer Holidays
16/06/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: to cover benefits-related free school meals including the national voucher scheme over the Easter and - Speech Link
2: to cover benefits-related free school meals including the national voucher scheme over the Easter and - Speech Link
3: House, but surely the question is not whether to support the most vulnerable children in our society, but - Speech Link

5. Oral Answers to Questions
18/01/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: European Union programmes, migration and student support arrangements. We are replacing the European social - Speech Link
2: profile of UK universities globally and helping to support the pipeline of talented science, technology, engineering - Speech Link
3: plans to support youngsters who were going to be facing the greatest hardship. We continue to keep this under - Speech Link
4: doing an absolutely fantastic job. However, some parents are naturally worried that their children are not - Speech Link
5: House just a couple of weeks ago—that we encourage parents, in the first instance, to speak with a teacher - Speech Link

6. Remote Education and Free School Meals
18/01/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: That this House believes that families need more support during school and college closures; and that those - Speech Link
2: should be guaranteed to receive the full value of free school meals for the duration of the school year - Speech Link

7. Free School Meals
21/10/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: Government to continue directly funding provision of free school meals over the school holidays until Easter - Speech Link
2: honourable to feed them over the winter when their parents are struggling to put food on the table and more - Speech Link
3: children from families on free school meals? They always need that support, and that should be something - Speech Link

8. Free Childcare
09/03/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: Report of the Treasury Committee, Session 2017-19, Childcare, HC 757; and the Government Response, HC 1196] - Speech Link
2: e-petition 255237 relating to the provision of free childcare.It is a real pleasure to serve under - Speech Link

9. Support for Children and Families: Covid-19
20/10/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: to move,That this House has considered support for children and families during the covid-19 outbreak - Speech Link

10. Educational Settings
18/03/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: changed, such that keeping schools open would no longer be in the best interests of children and teachers - Speech Link

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Childcare Vouchers have been used by millions and are currently used by 780,000 parents. The new Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) regime will extend childcare support to some people that cannot access the current voucher scheme and this should be welcomed.
Government plans to close Childcare Vouchers to new entrants so hundreds of thousands of parents could lose out by £100s or find themselves unable to claim any support at all! Including couples with one working parent who won’t be eligible under TFC.


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Government Response

The Government is investing more in childcare than ever before. Tax free childcare is one part of that childcare support and is fairer and better targeted than vouchers.


The Government is committed to supporting working families and is investing more in childcare than ever before. Tax free childcare is one part of that increased childcare support, and everyone who earns at least £120 per week on average, but doesn’t exceed the upper income limit of £100,000 per annum can apply for the scheme, which is fairer and better targeted than vouchers.

Tax-Free Childcare will be available to over 2 million households to help with the cost of childcare, enabling more parents to go out to work if they want to. Working parents will be able to apply via an online childcare account, and access up to £2,000 per child (or £4,000 for disabled children).

The system is fairer and better targeted than vouchers, which are only offered by a minority of employers and self-employed parents are unable to access them. Tax-free childcare benefits parents whose employer doesn’t offer vouchers and the self-employed. It’s also fairer: support will be paid per child rather than per parent, so lone parent households will get the same support as those with more than one parent.

In addition to Tax-Free Childcare, we are also supporting families by offering 30 hours free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds in England, and more generous support for parents on Universal Credit, who are able to claim up to 85% of childcare costs.

HM Treasury


MPs spoken contributions during 15 Jan 2018 petition debate

Conservative John Glen (View contribution) 2077 words
Democratic Unionist Party Emma Little Pengelly 1911 words
Labour Catherine McKinnell (View contribution) 4049 words Alex Cunningham (View contribution) 1767 words Steve McCabe (View contribution) 1553 words Ruth George 1029 words
Liberal Democrat Christine Jardine (View contribution) 442 words