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Welfare Tax Credits

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children were the subject of payments under the childcare element of the tax credit in each year since the provision was introduced; what the average payment per child was in each such year; what the total expenditure on the childcare element was in each year; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of those eligible who claimed the childcare element in each year. (204643)

The information requested is not available.

However, table 2.4 of the HMRC publications “Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Awards” for 2003-04 and 2004-05 and 2005-06, provides information on the number of families benefiting from the childcare element in each year. This includes average help with childcare costs for each family and the increase in annualised entitlement due to the childcare element. This information is provided in the following table.




Increase in annual entitlement through the childcare element (£ million)




Average help with childcare costs per family(per week) (£)




This information can also be found on the HMRC website at:

The same information for 2006-07 is due to be published on May 20 2008.