More than 1 million families miss out on up to £2,000 for childcare

More than 1 million families are missing out on cash up to £2,000 to help with childcare costs.

Of the 1.5 million households estimated to be eligible for assistance, only 316,000 requested assistance in September.

Parents are missing out on thousands of pounds worth of childcare help


Parents are missing out on thousands of pounds worth of childcare helpCredit: Getty

There has been less than £2.37 billion in government spending Tax free babysitting plan, follow Guardians.

Tax-free babysitting allows parents to claim up to £500 every three months up to a total of £2,000 a year.

Parents of children with disabilities can receive £1,000 every three months up to £4,000.

If you get tax-free babysitting, you’ll set up an online babysitting account for your child.

For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay £2 to use pay your supplier.

Since the plan was introduced in 2017, the government has spent less than the annual forecast.

in the last financial year it budgeted £710m for the scheme but spent only £240m.

In the previous year, it forecast spending £570m, compared with actual spending of £240m.

The figures, revealed in a reply to a Parliamentary question by Labor MP Tulip Siddiq, also suggest that initial projections of the plan have been tempered.

Initially, the Office for Budget Responsibility had predicted a £3 billion expenditure for 2017-2021.

The forecast drops to £1.62 billion but the actual amount spent is £630 million.

Who is eligible for tax-free childcare?

Your eligibility for tax-free child care depends on whether you are working, your income, the age of your children, and your immigration status.

You can usually claim benefits if you – and your partner, if you have – are:

  • In the work
  • sick leave or annual leave
  • parental leave, maternity leave, paternity or joint adoption

If you are not working, you can still claim if your partner is working and you receive the Disability Benefit, Severe Injury Benefit, Caregiver’s Allowance or Employment Allowance. and Contribution-based Support.

Your child must be 11 years old or younger and normally live with you, but you cannot claim from September 1 after their 11th birthday.

Adopted children are eligible, but adopted children are not.

To qualify for Tax Free Child Care, you – or your partner if you have one – must have a National Insurance number and at least one of the following:

  • British or Irish nationality
  • the status has been resolved or pre-resolved, or you have applied and you are waiting for a decision
  • access to public funds – your UK residency card will let you know if you can’t do this

There are other eligibility criteria you can find government websitee.

How can I claim tax-free babysitting?

There is an application for Tax Free Childcare and another benefit that gives you 30 hours of free child care.

As part of your application, you will find out if you can get both.

To register, go to government website fill in the form.

You’ll need to set up an account and use it to pay for your registered babysitting.

You will need detailed information to provide to both you and your partner, including:

  • National insurance number
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if either person is private

It takes 20 minutes to apply and it can take up to seven days to find out if you’re eligible.

You’ll need to reconfirm your details every three months to continue receiving help.

What other help is available?

There are a variety of Other programs are available for help with childcare embryos.

If you’re on Common Credit, you can claim 85% of your childcare costs back up to £646.35 for one child or £1108.04 for two or more children up to 31 months 8 after the child’s 16th birthday.

All children aged three to four in the UK are entitled to 15 hours of free babysitting – up to 570 hours a year – from after their 3rd birthday.

The free allowance is usually received for 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can get it at a time that works for you.

Working parents may be eligible for extra hours of free childcare for their three- to four-year-olds.

To get an extra 15 hours per week, you must, on average, work at least 16 hours a week and earn the National Minimum Wage or more.

Parents who live in the UK and claim certain benefits can also access free childcare for their two-year-old child if they receive certain benefits.

Some families can claim a base rate of £545 per year in the child tax credit, with an additional £2,845 per child.

I didn’t have a babysitter for a job interview so I took my toddler to my job interview, he wore a suit and I wrote him his own.

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