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Child Tax Credit

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many parents of children aged 11 years and over were in receipt of the child care element of children’s tax credit in each of the last three years. (142429)

The following table shows the number of in-work families with a child aged 11 years or over who were benefiting from the child care element of working tax credits at selected snapshot dates in the last three years.

Snapshot date

April 2005

April 2006

April 2007

Families with at least one child aged 11 or over

259,500

286,500

314,600

Of which:

Families where all children were aged 11 or over

13,800

16,900

20,600

The bottom row of figures in the table shows families where all child care costs can be attributed to children aged 11 or over. For families with two or more children, it is not possible to say which child the family are claiming child care costs for. It is likely that most families with children under and over the age of 11 are claiming child care costs for younger siblings, as opposed to any child aged 11 or over.