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Tax-Free Childcare Delayed until 2017

Self-employed parents and those with more than one child who’ve been waiting for the Government’s new Tax-Free Childcare scheme to launch this autumn will now have to wait till 2017, following a Supreme Court judgment today. Two providers of the existing Employer Supported Childcare voucher scheme mounted a legal challenge against the Government’s new scheme following concerns about how it would be delivered and the effect it would have on parents trying to access childcare support.

But the Supreme Court has today thrown out this argument and confirmed the scheme is “lawful”. However, as the court placed a suspension on the scheme being developed during the 15-month legal proceedings, the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme now won’t come into force until 2017 – a delay of over a year.

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