Update on #SaveChildcareVouchers campaign – your voice is being heard!

At the end of last year, you amazing people successfully managed to smash the petition target of 100,000 signatures needed to for a Parliamentary debate to keep the childcare vouchers scheme open. In March of 2018, the Government debated and announced they would keep childcare vouchers open for new entrants* alongside Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) for another 6 months, taking the deadline from April to October 2018.

Fight to keep childcare vouchers scheme open beyond October

With just a few weeks before the childcare voucher scheme is set to close to new entrants, opposition MPs in Parliament have signed up to support keeping it open – your voice is being heard!

An Early-Day Motion, stating the government should not close the scheme without a proper analysis of the winners and losers, calls for MPs to have the opportunity to debate and vote on the proposed changes in Parliament before they are fully implemented.

Many ordinary working families stand to lose out if childcare vouchers close to new entrants on 4 October 2018 - and time is running out.

We believe the childcare voucher scheme being open alongside Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) gives parents like you a genuine choice for the support that best suits your family. We want this scheme to continue beyond October and with your help, we know we can do it!

Whether you’re a parent, an employer, or a childcare provider – please see below for ways you can help.

3 easy ways you can help to keep childcare vouchers open:

1. Contact your local MP.

Ask them to sign the Early-Day Motion and put pressure on the government to keep childcare vouchers open – it’s free, easy to do, and takes less than five minutes. Just visit www.theyworkforyou.com, enter your postcode to find out who represents you, and click on the green “Send a message” button to contact them.

2. Share the #SaveChildcareVouchers campaign with your friends and colleagues, including new or expectant parents

Encourage your networks to write to their MP so that all parents can have access to childcare vouchers beyond October. As the deadline to join the scheme approaches, they may lose out unless the government keeps it open.

3. Share this campaign on social media

Use Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to demonstrate your support for the #SaveChildcareVouchers campaign and follow @Save_CCV for important news and updates on the campaign.

Visit this page to see some simple social media posts you can just copy, paste and post!

Click here to find out more about our campaign to #SaveChildcareVouchers and find out how you can help spread the word to keep the scheme open to new entrants* beyond October.

Please note, parents who are already on the childcare voucher scheme, and have had at least one childcare voucher taken from their pay in the last rolling 12-month period, can stay on their employer’s scheme for as long as they remain eligible, even if the scheme closes.