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Welfare Tax Credits

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of families were (a) eligible for and (b) claiming (i) working tax credit and (ii) child tax credit in the latest period for which figures are available. (183568)

Estimates of the take-up rate for child and working tax credits in 2004-05, for which latest figures are available, are published in table 1 of the HMRC publication ‘Child and Working Tax Credit Take-up rates 2004-05’. This publication is available on the HMRC website at:

Estimates of the numbers of families with tax credits awards are available in the HMRC publication ‘Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Annual Awards’, for the years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06. These publications and provisional estimates for the number of families with tax credit awards, as at selected dates in 2006-07 and 2007-08, are available on the HMRC website at:

We do not produce statistics separately for child tax credit and working tax credit.