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Children: Day Care

Treasury written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Carla Lockhart Carla Lockhart DUP, Upper Bann

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have registered for the tax free childcare scheme in each constituent part of the UK since its inception.

Photo of Carla Lockhart Carla Lockhart DUP, Upper Bann

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of people registered for the tax-free childcare scheme are self-employed.

Photo of John Glen John Glen Minister of State (Treasury) (City), The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

Statistics relating to Tax-Free Childcare account usage are published quarterly in “Tax-Free Childcare Statistics” on the gov.uk website. The latest publication, containing information up to September 2019 is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tax-free-childcare-quarterly-statistics

Table 5 of the publication shows the number of families, by Government Office Region, that have a Tax-Free Childcare account. The table below shows the number of accounts that are open, regardless of whether or not they have been used.

Region

Year

2017-18

2018-19

Families with Open Tax-Free Childcare accounts

United Kingdom

272,320

449,355

England

263,255

426,130

North East

11,355

18,200

North West

37,310

59,495

Yorkshire and Humber

25,395

40,750

East Midlands

23,580

38,215

West Midlands

26,615

43,220

East of England

30,045

50,140

London

33,800

54,550

South East

45,535

74,660

South West

29,625

46,900

Wales

2,285

6,745

Scotland

3,400

9,700

Northern Ireland

1,340

3,240

In September 2019 15% of families with an open Tax-Free Childcare account had at least one self-employed parent.

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