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Government announces extension to childcare voucher schemes

Extension to childcare voucher (CCV) schemes

The Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, announced on 13 March that employers can continue to offer CCV schemes to new entrants for a further six months.


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CCV schemes were expected to close to new entrants from 5 April 2018.  

Whilst no further details have been made available at this stage, employees who have not yet enrolled in a CCV scheme should now be able to do so until 5 October 2018. Many employers will already have communicated the original closing date of 5 April 2018 to their workforces, particularly in relation to the introduction of Tax Free Childcare and the need for individuals to consider which arrangement would best suit their personal situations.

Employers should now consider communicating this welcome extension of CCV schemes to their employees, and confirm whether any changes might be required to their systems to allow continued enrolment by new entrants.

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