2018 News

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Tax-free childcare service expanded to more parents

Parents of children aged 9 and under can now apply to join the government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme.


Making Tax Digital - updates

Back in 2015, the government announced plans for a transformed tax system, Making Tax Digital. New updates give more detail about changes to the timings and scope of the scheme.


GDPR is coming – and PACEY is here to help

From 25th May 2018, data protection rules will change with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is a wide-ranging change that will affect businesses across the EU. All businesses will be impacted – even a small, one-person business such as a childminding business.


Nadhim Zahawi MP to have responsibility in early years

A recent cabinet reshuffle has led to a number of ministerial changes at the Department for Education (DfE). Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford-on Avon, has been brought into the DfE as a junior education minister. He has confirmed on social media that he will be taking on responsibility for early years, as well as social work.  


Economic Review of the Childcare Sector in Wales

The Welsh Government has published a report commissioned by Alma Economics on an economic Review of the Childcare Sector in Wales. 


Latest 30 hours statistics published by Department for Education

The Department for Education has released the latest statistics on the number of 30 hours childcare codes issued and validated for the spring term 2018 as well as a local authority breakdown. 


Tax changes in Wales

From 6 April 2019, Welsh rates of income tax will be introduced.  Income tax will continue to be collected by HMRC. You will not need do anything as long as HMRC has your correct address - check and update your address through your personal tax account.



Welsh Assembly consultation on physical punishment

The Welsh Government has today opened a consultation on a proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment when physically punishing or smacking a child.  Currently it is against the law for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this amounts to ‘reasonable punishment’.  They are consulting on the development of a proposal in law to remove this defence.


Cabinet reshuffle leads to big changes at the Department for Education

A cabinet reshuffle has led to a leadership shake-up at the Department for Education, with the departures of the Secretary of State, Justine Greening MP, and the Minister of State for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill MP.