The Government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme was launched in April 2017 and allows working parents to claim back £2,000 a year on childcare costs. Follow the progress of the scheme.


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Voucher companies call for scheme to be re-opened

Childcare voucher providers are ramping up their campaign to re-open the scheme to parents.


Tax-Free Childcare: only a fifth of predicted number of families sign up

New figures on the take-up of Tax-Free Childcare from HMRC show that just a fifth of the number of parents the Government expected to have signed up to Tax-Free...


Parents' complaints about Tax-Free Childcare top 4,500

There have been more than 1,000 formal complaints by parents about Tax-Free Childcare so far this year, the latest figures reveal.


Call for high earners to be 'stripped' of the 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare

A new report proposes lowering the upper eligibility threshold for the 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) to boost support for families under universal credit....


Employers back campaign to keep childcare voucher scheme open

More than 70 businesses and charities have pledged their support to a campaign to save childcare vouchers.


£600m underspend on tax-free childcare will be sent back to Treasury

Labour analysis has revealed that projected government spending on tax-free childcare will be £600 million lower than expected in the next four years, due to low...


Childcare voucher companies lose battle to keep scheme open

The Childcare Voucher Providers Association has pledged to continue to press Government to keep childcare vouchers open hours before the scheme closes to new parents....


Guide to: Tax-free Childcare Vs Vouchers

As part of a new series of handy guides on management issues, we look at Tax-Free Childcare and compare the system to childcare vouchers


Government renews call for parents to sign up for Tax-Free Childcare

The Government has resumed a drive to encourage parents to sign up for Tax-Free Childcare to pay for holiday clubs during the school summer holidays.


Labour pledges to scrap Tax-Free Childcare

Labour would abolish tax-free childcare if it come to power, the shadow childcare minister said today.



Editor’s view - A taxing problem

A sluggish start for Tax-Free Childcare with a £600m underspend seems to say you can't give money away! What is going wrong?