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Welfare Tax Credits

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people reported a change in earnings taking them above the £25,000 income disregard for tax credits in the latest financial year for which figures are available. (139792)

Information on the number of in-work families in receipt of tax credits who estimated that their income had increased by more than £25,000 in 2006-07 is available in table 6.1 of the snapshot publication “Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics—April 2007”. This is available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/ctc-wtc-snapshot-apr07.pdf.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken was to dispatch an award notice to tax credit recipients who reported changed circumstances in each parliamentary constituency in each month from April 2003 to the latest month for which figures are available. (140071)

HM Revenue and Customs do not routinely collect data on time taken to dispatch award notices. However, HM Revenue and Customs aim to process 86 per cent. of changes of circumstances within five working days and 95 per cent. in 30 working days and the Department is achieving that aim.