18/09/2018

Parents And Working Families Urged To Register For Childcare Voucher Scheme

New parents and working families are being urged to ensure that they register for the Childcare Voucher scheme.

Sinn Féin Children and Young People spokesperson, Catherine Kelly, made the call after meeting Employers for Childcare in the Assembly ahead of the 04 October deadline for the scheme.

The West Tyrone MLA said: "I would urge new parents and working families to ensure they register for the Childcare Voucher scheme as it is due to close to new entrants on 04 October 2018.
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"This means new parents and working families not registered before then, alongside current users who switch jobs after October, stand to lose out on vital savings of up to £933 per parent each year.

"In March this year, a six month extension to the scheme was secured and since then Sinn Féin have been lobbying 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.

"I am also urging parents to make sure they know what support they are entitled to by calling Employers For Childcare charity helpline for Family Benefits Advice Service on 0800 028 3008 or emailing hello@employersforchildcare.org."

(MH/CM)

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