Cross border families could benefit from new change in childcare support

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Cross border families may benefit from a change in the law that allows eligible parents using a registered childcare provider in the Republic of Ireland to access support through Tax-Free Childcare or Tax Credits.

The law came in to effect on 21 March 2019 and could save families £100s on their childcare bill.



Aoife Hamilton, Policy & Information Manager at Employers For Childcare said, “We know of many families living in border Counties in Northern Ireland who, due to where they live or work, use registered childcare providers in the Republic of Ireland.

“This change in the law recognises those families and gives them the opportunity now to access Tax-Free Childcare and Tax Credits.

“We know each family is unique and the area of financial support can be complex – there are also other eligibility criteria regarding working hours, pay and household circumstances that apply to both Schemes. 



“Employers For Childcare is advising anyone who lives in the border region and thinks this support may be applicable to them to contact our helpline the Family Benefits Advice Service on 0800 028 3008 (or 0044 28 9267 8200).

She added, “Our trained advisors can help you work out if you are eligible for financial support as a result of this change. It’s free, impartial and confidential and lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.”



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