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Tax Credit

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) households and (b) persons in the UK who are in receipt of both tax credits and one or more income-related benefit. (137512)

The available information is in the following table.

Households and persons in the UK who are in receipt of both tax credits and one or more income-related benefit

Number

Households

940,000

Persons

790,000

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10,000.

2. The Family Resources Survey (FRS) is a nationally representative sample of approximately 28,000 households.

3. Data for 2005-06 was collected between April 2005 and March 2006.

4. The estimates are based on sample counts that have been adjusted for non-response using multi-purpose grossing factors which align the FRS to Government Office Region populations by age and sex. Estimates are subject to sampling error and remaining non-response error.

5. Tax credit and income related benefits receipt is under-reported on the FRS. This will mean that the FRS estimates are likely to be under-estimates. However, there is no other reliable source for this information at a household level.

Source:

Family Resources Survey 2005-06 United Kingdom