There is support available for parents who are paying childcare costs.
Childcare vouchers provide savings for employers and employees. Employers may offer childcare vouchers (to help with childcare costs under the salary sacrifice scheme. This means that a portion of your pre-tax salary can be used to pay childcare providers directly, saving you the tax that you would have paid on that portion of your salary. The may affect the amount of tax credits a family are entitled to. Childcare vouchers can be used to pay for childcare that is registered by the Care Inspectorate. The following websites can give more information on childcare voucher schemes www.hmrc.gov.uk/childcare or www.direct.gov.uk.
Tax Credits are payments from the government. A family may qualify for Child Tax Credit if they are responsible for at least one child or young person. If someone is in work, but are on a low income, the family may qualify for Working Tax Credit. There is a childcare element to Working Tax Credit which can offset childcare costs. This can only be used to pay for childcare that is registered by the Care Inspectorate. Child Tax Credit and the childcare element of Working Tax Credit are paid directly to the main carer. Further information on Tax Credits can be obtained from www.hmrc.gov.uk or by calling 0845 300 3900.
Citizen’s Advice offers free, confidential and impartial advice on a range of issues including benefits.
Glasgow City Council Welfare Rights and Money Advice Service
Glasgow City Council Welfare Rights and Money Advice Service is part of Social Work Services. There is also a central unit that provides training, tribunal representation and debt advice.