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Children: Day Care

Treasury written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Emma Little Pengelly Emma Little Pengelly Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Trade)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families have had money paid out of a Tax-Free Childcare account to a childcare provider as of 11 June 2018.

Photo of Emma Little Pengelly Emma Little Pengelly Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Trade)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent from the public purse on call centre staff for Tax Free Childcare; and whether that expenditure is in addition to the funding allocated to pay ATOS for the administration of the Childcare Choices website.

Photo of Emma Little Pengelly Emma Little Pengelly Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Trade)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the evidential basis for the claim in the oral contribution of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to the Treasury Select Committee on 31 January that only half of UK employees work for employers that offer childcare vouchers.

Photo of Emma Little Pengelly Emma Little Pengelly Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Trade)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of replacing the Tax Free Childcare online service with an alternative online service as a result of the technical problems with the existing service.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

As of 31 May 2018 over 74,000 families have paid into their Tax-Free Childcare account and over 70,000 families have used their account to pay their childcare provider. The number of families using their accounts is rising as marketing and parent awareness are increases.

For question 155362, I refer the Honourable Member to the answer I gave to the Honourable Member for Batley and Spen on 25 April 2018 (137634).

The statement on the proportion of employees with access to childcare vouchers was based on internal analysis of household survey data.

For question 155364, I refer the Honourable Member to the answer I gave to the Honourable Member for Airdrie and Shotts on 25 June 2018 (155823).

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