MOD Childcare Voucher Scheme Deadline

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MOD Childcare Voucher Scheme Deadline

In September 2017 the UK Government introduced a new Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme to replace all salary sacrifice schemes introduced from 1989. As a result the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Childcare Voucher scheme, currently run by Sodexo, will close to new joiners on 31 March 2018.

If you are not a member of the Childcare Voucher scheme on 31 March 2018, from 1 April 2018 you will not be able to join the Childcare Voucher scheme. Instead, only the new TFC, will be available to join to allow you to save money on your childcare costs. Only working parents are eligible to apply for TFC.

Current members of the Childcare Voucher scheme can remain in the scheme and continue to use Childcare Vouchers for as long as the MOD, as the legal employer, continues to offer the scheme.

If you are not currently a member, there is still time to join the Childcare Voucher scheme ahead of the 31 March 2018 deadline.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018. Applications received after this date cannot be accepted. To join the scheme prior to its closure to new entrants, at least one salary sacrifice deduction has to be made in the 12 months leading up to 31 March 2018 and applications received after 28 February 2018 do not allow sufficient processing time.

Re-joiners have to apply within 12 months of their last salary sacrifice payment for FY 17/18 to retain entitlement. For example, if you originally left the scheme in Jun 17 but wish to re-apply then this would have to be achieved for May 18 pay-roll.

However, should you leave the scheme at any time to join TFC you will forfeit all entitlement to salary sacrifice at a later point.

For further information about the scheme, you can email:

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You can use the Childcare Calculator, click HERE, to compare the government’s childcare offers, including the Childcare Voucher scheme and TFC, and check what works best for you and your family or click on the video below.