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Chilcare vouchers whilst on maternity leave

(8 Posts)
Alibobbles Sun 09-Sep-07 10:53:26

Does anybody know whether they are classed as a benefit. Because I only got Statutory Maternity Pay last time I'm intrigued to know whether my employer would have to carry on paying them if I had another child.

SlightlyMadSweden Sun 09-Sep-07 11:11:02

If they are childcare vouchers from your employer I think they would stop...as they are technically purchased from your salary aren't they? And you won't be getting a salary will you?

Hopefully someone else will be a bit more precise

BetsyBoop Sun 09-Sep-07 11:54:08

while you are getting paid SMP you should still get them

see this

Alibobbles Sun 09-Sep-07 12:33:38

Is there anywhere I can check this. Revenue & Customs??

SlightlyMadSweden Sun 09-Sep-07 12:39:30

I would have still got mine whilst I was mat leave (but DTDs had just finished nursery) but I was on full pay.

If you ae on SMP how will they be funded? Thats why I thought you wouldn't get them...

HappyMummyOfOne Sun 09-Sep-07 14:07:44

As you pay for the vouchers yourself they are not classed as a benefit as its a voluntary agreement. However it may not be beneficial whilst on SMP to take them but your employer or tax office can clarify if you would be worse off.

micegg Mon 10-Sep-07 20:44:30

I know I don't get them whilst on maternity leave as I read it recently in the info about them. I work for the Home Office if thats any help.

phoebebouffet Wed 12-Sep-07 22:27:10

I can't answer your question but in my info pack from Busy Bees it advises to contact them as soon as you find out you are pregnant. I think.....and i'm not 100% sure the reason might be that your salary is technically lower so if you only get SMP you will only get 90% of your lower salary IYSWIM.

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