The Government has agreed to delay the scrapping of the childcare voucher scheme for at least another six months. The scheme was due to be closed to new entrants from 6 April 2018. The change was made following a debate on the issue in the House of Commons during which MPs from all parties voiced opposition to the scheme’s closure.
Education secretary Damian Hinds announced the change during a debate in the House of Commons stating "I have heard the concerns that have been raised about this and the timing, and I can confirm that we will be able to keep the voucher scheme open for a further six months to new entrants."
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that the scheme will close to new entrants on 4 October 2018.