Since my blog post about childcare vouchers earlier this week, I’ve heard from the people at Busy Bees Benefits, one of the companies that offer childcare voucher schemes to employers, like those I described in my blog post. They told me about a petition they have launched to increase the value of vouchers that could be received by parents tax-free.

As I described in my previous post, the value of vouchers that can be received tax-free is currently £2,915 per year, or £55 per week. This limit has been the same since 2006, but many parents are finding that the cost of childcare has increased in the years since then so the vouchers do not cover as much of their childcare fees. Busy Bees Benefits are trying to get this limit raised to £75 per week (£3,975 per year), and the first step is to get 100,000 signatures on the petition so the proposal can be debated in Parliament. Increasing the tax-free limit would allow parents to sacrifice more of their salary in exchange for vouchers, therefore saving more tax and National Insurance.

More details are available on the Busy Bees Benefits childcare voucher petition page, where you can learn more and sign the petition if you want to back the change!

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Income Tax, National Insurance

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