A similar scheme is currently in place for working families who employ a nanny through Ofsted. Under the current scheme, families with an Ofsted registered family are able to receive a childcare voucher from their employer and reduce their tax.
With Mr. Cameron under growing pressure to draw up plans to help families, who are struggling with the most severe squeeze on their disposable income for a generation, it is thought that Cameron will consider extending the scheme to include home help, in a similar scheme currently used in Sweden.
Speaking at the Nordic-Baltic summit in Stockholm, Cameron said: “What you do in Sweden in terms of tax help and tax relief, not so much on child care but on other things that help women go out to work, I thought that was a very interesting idea that I want to look at further.
“We’ve made some big steps forward on the child care agenda, helping parents of two, three and four year-olds with nursery care.
“We’ve also made some big steps forward in terms of parental leave, but this is another agenda that’s worth looking at. Clearly Sweden has some interesting ideas in this area.”
It is hoped that the introduction of the scheme in the UK would reduce black market and cash-in-hand domestic work, by making it cheaper to employ home help officially.
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