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Voucher Schemes: Day Care

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps have been taken to increase employer participation in the childcare voucher scheme; and if he will make a statement. (138687)

The tax exemptions we have introduced provide a significant incentive for employers to help their employees with the costs of childcare, whether in the form of childcare vouchers, workplace nurseries or directly contracted childcare.

HMRC provides comprehensive help and guidance to employers and parents on its website, which is regularly reviewed and updated. This can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk/childcare. HMRC is also about to publish a new leaflet for parents called "Paying for childcare - getting help from your employer", specifically aimed at explaining what employer-supported childcare is and how it works.