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Working Tax Credit

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to increase the uptake of the child-care element of working tax credit. (232164)

I have been asked to reply.

The application and award process for the child care element is integrated with the rest of the tax credits system. This makes it as simple as possible for families who need help with their child care costs to claim and receive support. The child care element is promoted as part of the tax credits system, which has a higher level of take-up than any previous system of income-related financial support.

One example of steps to increase take-up of tax credits is the initiative, announced in Budget 2008, to offer tax credits advice to families with young children through children’s centres.