Do I have to take up a childcare voucher scheme if my employer offers me one?

All employees must be given a choice as to whether they take up a salary sacrifice benefit such as a childcare vouchers. In order to make that choice, an individual employee must be provided with information about the implications of taking a salary sacrifice.

This should indicate that the duration of the salary sacrifice might affect their entitlement to state benefits (e.g. JobSeeker’s Allowance, etc.), statutory benefits (e.g. maternity or paternity pay) and tax credits. It is at the discretion of the employer as to whether this support is offered.

Since 6 April 2005, it has to be offered generally to all employees if it is offered at all, so support cannot be dependent on someone's grade or position within the organisation.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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