What has changed?
Do you have young children? The amount of childcare benefit no longer depends on the number of hours worked.
Prior to 1 January 2023, the amount of childcare benefit you received depended (among other things) on the hours spent on work or business by the parent who worked the least number of hours. For many parents this complicated the application. Especially for parents working irregular hours, such as for instance entrepreneurs, it was hard to estimate the number of hours they work per month. This could lead to significant amounts they needed to repay. It could also influence labour participation. The government has now removed this barrier, so it is easier for parents with young children to work.
- entrepreneurs with young children
The Decree on childcare benefit entered into effect on 1 January 2023.