Lewisham Council - Help for working parents

Childcare help for working parents

Childcare vouchers

An employer operating this scheme may supply these vouchers as an additional benefit although they are most frequently offered as part a salary sacrifice scheme.

Childcare vouchers are exempt from National Insurance Contributions on the first £55 a week and tax is only paid on the remainder of the income. Salary sacrifice may affect your entitlement to other benefits so it is recommended that you seek advice before making a decision.

Call the Day-care Trust on 0845 872 6251 for more information.

Working Tax Credits

Anyone working 16 hours or more per week may qualify for Working Tax Credit – it includes a childcare element designed to help towards the cost of childcare.

This can pay up to 80% of eligible childcare costs to a maximum of £175 per week for one child and £300 per week for two children or more. Your family does not have to be in paid employment to receive Child Tax Credit.

For more information contact the Tax Credit Helpline on 0845 300 3900 or find information about tax credits on the HMRC website.

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