- HM Treasury, HM Revenue & Customs, Department for Education, Department for Work and Pensions, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP The Rt Hon Danny Alexander, The Rt Hon George Osborne, and The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP
- Part of:
- Childcare and early education and Personal tax reform
- 5 August 2013
- Last updated:
- 11 June 2014, see all updates
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
This consultation has concluded
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Delivering Tax-Free Childcare: the government's response to the consultation on design and operation
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Detail of outcome
If you’re a parent and want to find out more about the Tax-Free Childcare scheme, here’s the top ten facts.
Tax-Free Childcare will provide 20% of working families’ childcare costs, up to £2,000 per year for each child.
This consultation response sets out more details of the scheme, due to launch in autumn 2015.
Economic Insight report
Economic Insight is an independent economic consultancy, specialising in competition and regulatory policy matters. During the consultation, the government asked them to consider whether there were any reasons why a competitive market for childcare accounts might not function effectively, compared to a closed market model in which there is competition to select a single or limited number of childcare account providers. The analysis set out in their report does not include the option that has been announced in the consultation response document. Tax-Free Childcare will be delivered by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), using National Savings and Investment (NS&I).
This consultation ran from
This consultation seeks views on the government’s plans to introduce Tax-Free Childcare for working families and additional assistance with childcare for parents through Universal Credit.
At Budget 2013 the government announced that it will introduce a new Tax-Free Childcare scheme for working families. Tax-Free Childcare will provide 20 per cent of working families’ childcare costs, up to £1,200 for each child.
This consultation invites interested parties to comment on the detailed design and operation of Tax-Free Childcare. It sets out the eligibility criteria, the approach to managing voucher accounts for each child, the role of the market, and the key information and validation processes. It discusses the design of different aspects of these policies, and poses questions in those areas where stakeholders are likely to have knowledge or insight. The answers that the government receives to these questions will feed into the final design of Tax-Free Childcare.
Published: 5 August 2013
Updated: 11 June 2014
- Correction made to ISBN 978-1-909790-12-4 and operation and ISBN 978-1-909790-74-2
- Response to consultation published
- Updated information about the consultation to include links to surveys for both childcare providers and employers to respond to.
- First published.