Hi, I am getting myself into a bit of state about this as I can't figure out if we'll be better or worse off, and money is so tight that I cant afford to lose a couple of quid.
We earn approx £26k between us, and get approx £40 a month wtc. I go back to work in a few weeks and dd's nursery fees are £300 per month (2 days a week). If I enter the voucher scheme for the full £243 a month, will this mean we're better or worse off?
My worry is that we'd lose the £40 wtc which we get mid-month and is a week's shop. I've no idea if the vouchers would save me much to be worth losing the actual money in hand, if you like.
I've been up all with baby so am thicker than normal, plus the person I spoke to a Tax Credits was supremely unhelpful and told me she's wouldnt be able to help me work out if we'd be better or worse off.
Hi, thanks for replying! No, the woman I spoke to said she wouldnt be able to tell me if I would lose them or not or if we'd be better off or not
We only get £40 a month tax credit, so based on that, we'd definitlely be better off if we'd save £100 a month like you said. We actually dont get wtc, sorry got mixed up, it is ctc. So, would I still get child tax credit anyway then, do you think?
Suzikettles is correct you will still get your £40 a month. And I don't think you'd be able to claim for the child care element of tax credits if you work under 16 hours a week anyway. This was the case with me and when I increased my hours to 21 it worked out that we were better off claiming the child care element of tax credits rather than claiming the vouchers (based on a salary of under £40k) anything over this I think it works out better to take the vouchers. Does anyone else know if that's correct?
Gosh, I looked into getting help with childcare costs, and it wasn't worth it at all. I work 21 hours a week, mil is taking dd for one day a week and she'll be in nursery for 2 days, which is £300 a month. The help we'd get is £16 a month towards that. So vouchers look like they will certainly be better for us, I was so upset when I realised how little help there is.
No, our joint salary is 26k! The woman i spoke to was nice and really apologetic but said we'd only get £4 a week towards nursery costs. Maybe it's because we've only got 1 child? We're actually better off with me being on stat maternity pay Maybe I should call back and ask them to check it again?
I called the Tax Credits helpline again and spoke to someone who said the £4 a week was incorrect and that we are entitled to £47 a week! I put the phone down absolutely thrilled but thought I'd better call back to check it again and someone else went through it with me and said we'd get £22 a week towards childcare
Will do calculator now. I tried a few days ago but laptop kept overheating and switching off. Thanks everyone
I've always got different amounts from the online calculators when I put my details in to what I actually get. I also found that different people told me different amounts too over the phone which was very frustrating as I needed to know whether to accept the childcare vouchers we were offered at work or not. I'll be very annoyed if they suddendly decide that they've over paid us and ask for any money back. At my annual review a couple of weeks ago I went through the amounts with them again and the figure hasn't changed though. Maybe there are other factors that are different for both of us, I have two children.