Which childcare schemes can be used together?
Parents and carers are often confused about whether they are able to use more than one schemes offering help with childcare costs at the same time.
We have produced a handy table to help guide you:
|Can be used together
|Cannot be used together
|Tax-Free Childcare and 15/30 hours free childcare
|Tax-Free Childcare and Tax Credits
|Universal Credit and 15/30 hours free childcare
|Tax-Free Childcare and Universal Credit
|Tax Credits and 15/30 hours free childcare
|Tax-Free Childcare and Childcare vouchers
|Childcare vouchers and Universal Credit
|Tax Credits and Universal Credit
|Childcare vouchers and Tax Credits
Note: You cannot usually make new claims for tax credits. Most new claims need to be for Universal Credit. However, if you already get any of the benefits being replaced by UC, it is best to seek advice before claiming.
You no longer join a childcare voucher scheme unless you are already in a scheme – new applications closed in 2018.
This advice applies in England, Wales and Scotland. If you live in another part of the UK, the law may differ. Please call our helpline for more details. If you are in Northern Ireland you can visit the Labour Relations Agency or call their helpline Workplace Information Service on 03300 555 300.
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