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Kelly urges new parents and working families to register for the Childcare Voucher scheme

9 August, 2018 - by Catherine Kelly

Sinn Féin spokesperson for children and young people Catherine Kelly has urged new parents and working families to ensure that they register for the Childcare Voucher 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 4th October 2018. 

“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.

“The deadline for new entrants to join the scheme is fast approaching and many working parents who are not yet signed up must register a salary sacrifice in their September pay to be deemed ‘eligible’ before the cut-off date (4 October 2018).  

“As many companies and organisations run their payroll four to six weeks in advance it is vital that parents act quickly to avoid missing out on these vital savings.

“Some parents have less than four weeks to register so it’s imperative that as many working parents as possible are aware that they must register now and make one salary sacrifice (this can be a nominal amount, for example £1) before 4 October 2018.

“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 [email protected].” 

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