Working Families and the Childcare Voucher Providers Association published a report on the future of childcare support for working parents in February 2017. The report called on the government to keep childcare vouchers open to parents alongside the new Tax Free Childcare scheme.
The report found:
- Childcare vouchers are a widely-used benefit that is popular with parents and employers alike;
- Many lower earners will lose out on money under Tax-Free Childcare, compared to childcare vouchers;
- Vouchers give a central role to employers, who value the scheme and being able to support the parents who work for them. Parents find vouchers easy to access due to the involvement of their employer, and vouchers provide a way for employers to demonstrate their commitment to supporting family-friendly working practices.