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Tax Credits

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many persons previously on disabled persons tax credit are awaiting transfer to regular working tax credit payments. [111669]

Claim forms for working and child tax credits were sent to all individuals and couples who were receiving disabled person's tax credit. Awards are already being paid to all those who made their claims by 31 January 2003, except in a very few 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 further information.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will post information on the Inland Revenue microsite for tax credits and on any reprints of tax credit application forms, stating that children may also be eligible for free school meals as a result of the credit; [111448](2) if he will ensure that more prominence is given in leaflets sent out with child tax credit awards to making parents aware of the free school meals entitlement for children. [111450]

There are a number of 'passported benefits' that may attach to the new tax credits, and the tax credits award notice and accompanying notes alert people to the fact they may qualify as a result of their award. In addition, a new Inland Revenue leaflet providing information and giving contact points for details on some of the more common benefits was published on the Inland Revenue website on 2 May 2003. It will soon also be available in paper format.