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Tax Credits

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for tax credits were outstanding on 6 April 2003 which were submitted (a) online using the internet and (b) on paper, and received by the Inland Revenue on or before 31 January 2003. [109240]

About 2.7 million claims for child tax credit and working tax credit were received by the end of January 2003, including 255,000 online.Awards are already being paid except in the small proportion of cases where further information is needed to make a decision on the claim. In these cases the Inland Revenue should already have been in touch with claimants to ask for that further information.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Putney constituency he estimates will benefit from the new family tax credit over the coming financial year. [110463]

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Andrew Dismore) on 14 April, Official Report, column 539W.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many advertisements the Inland Revenue have placed on (a) local commercial radio broadcasting in Buckinghamshire and (b) local newspapers circulating in Buckinghamshire to promote the take up of (i) child tax credit and (ii) working tax credit. [110471]

The Inland Revenue's national campaign to encourage take-up of Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit has used a variety of media including television, radio, online and national newspapers and magazines. There has been some targeted local publicity to encourage claims for the Child and Working Tax Credits, although there has been no advertising on local commercial radio or in local newspapers specifically in Buckinghamshire.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people he estimates in the Buckingham constituency are eligible for (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit; and how many people he estimates will take up these credits. [110472]

In the South East of England, 670,000 families are expected to receive the Child Tax Credit and 140,000 families are expected to receive the Working Tax Credit (including some who also get the Child Tax Credit).

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the first figures from the Inland Revenue will be released to show the percentage take up of tax credits by constituency. [110857]

Estimates of take up rates are not available below the national level. Statistics on the number of Child and Working Tax Credits awards will be published quarterly, beginning in August 2003.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families he expects will be eligible for the (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit in 2003–04. [110937]

[holding answer 1 May 2003]: A total of 6 million families are expected to receive the new tax credits. This total is made up of around 5.75 million families with children and 250,000 families without children.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households' entitlements to (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit will be reassessed in the current financial year. [111387]

I refer the right hon. and learned Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Northavon (Mr. Webb) on 28 April, Official Report, column 162W.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households have applied for (a) child tax credit, (b) working tax credit and (c) both; and how many of these households are eligible for (i) child tax credit, (ii) working tax credit and (iii) both. [111391]

There is a single form for these tax credits. By 28 April 2003, over 4 million families had claimed. In addition, 1.3 million families with children on Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance are already benefiting from the increased level of support and will be transferred to Child Tax Credit by October 2004.

Statistics on the Child and Working Tax Credit will be published quarterly, beginning in August 2003. The first set of statistics will cover awards at early July 2003.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the London Borough of Redbridge are eligible for child tax credits. [111747]

In London 700,000 families are expected to receive the Child Tax Credit.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people living in the London Borough of Wandsworth are eligible to claim the working families tax credit; and how many award notices have been issued to families in the borough. [111192]

In London 700,000 families are expected to receive the Child Tax Credit. 130,000 families are expected to receive the Working Tax Credit (including some who also are also expected to receive the Child Tax Credit). Statistics on the number of Child and Working Tax Credit awards will be published quarterly, beginning in August 2003. The first set of statistics will cover awards at early July 2003.