Duddy urges parents to apply for Childcare Voucher scheme

Sinn Féin Councillor Sharon Duddy  has urged new parents and working families in Derry to ensure that they register for the Childcare Voucher scheme.

She  was speaking  ahead of the 4th  October deadline for the Childcare Voucher scheme.

Cllr Sharon Duddy  said:

“I would urge new parents and working families in Derry to ensure they register for the Childcare Voucher scheme as it is due to close to new entrants on 4 October 2018.

“This means new parents and working families not registered before then, alongside current users who switch jobs after October, stand to lose out on vital savings of up to £933 per parent each year.

“In March this year, a six month extension to the scheme was secured and since then Sinn Féin have been lobbying to keep Childcare Vouchers open to new entrants, alongside Tax-Free Childcare, as part of a comprehensive and flexible package of childcare support for working families.

“I am also urging parents to make sure they know what support they are entitled to by calling Employers For Childcare charity helpline for Family Benefits Advice Service on 0800 028 3008 or emailing hello@employersforchildcare.org.”