Family tax breaks for nanny costs will aid staff retentionOn 25 May 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article New tax breaks for middle-income families, to assist with nanny costs, willhelp employers retain staff and use their skills to full advantage, accordingto the head of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, said: “Four in 10 mothers and one in 10fathers have had to give up or not take a job because of the difficulty ofreconciling work and family responsibilities. “This will enable many people to continue with the kind of work thatsuits their skills.” Due to start next April, the scheme will enable parents on a combined incomeof up to £43,500 to claim up to £135 a week for one child and up to £200 a weekfor two. It also covers after-school and holiday clubs for the over-sevens. Many parents are not eligible for the current child tax credit because theydo not work standard nursery hours. Martin Hinchliffe, HR director at Welcome Break, thinks the scheme will havea big impact on some of those parents who could not otherwise afford nannycosts. “People at higher levels might be travelling some distance to work andneed extended childcare. It will help them,” he said. Sarah Jackson, chief executive at the Working Families organisation, said HRprofessionals need to spread the word about the scheme. “Employers need to make sure employees know about it and how to doit,” she said. “It’s a torturous process applying for taxcredits.” Related posts:No related photos.