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Working Tax Credit

Volume 408: debated on Thursday 3 July 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage the take-up of working tax credit. [121823]

I refer the hon. Lady to my answer to the hon. Member for Northavon (Mr. Webb) on 10 February 2003, Official Report, column 604W, regarding child tax credit. Since that date further publicity has included television, press, radio and on-line advertising as well as direct mail.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he is taking to check that information lines for related benefits listed in working tax credit award notices are operational; and what systems he has in place to correct inaccuracies. [121992]

Working tax credit award notices do not contain the details of information lines for related benefits attached to the new tax credits.However, the Inland Revenue has published a leaflet, "WT6? Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit? Other types of help you may be able to get" which explains how the tax credits can help families receive other benefits. The leaflet is available from Inland Revenue Offices and Enquiry Centres and on-line at the Inland Revenue website. The details in the leaflet are regularly reviewed.