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Working Tax Credit

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the take-up rate for working tax credit by (a) single people and (b) childless couples. (243939)

Estimates of Working Tax Credit take-up rates for singles and couples without children for 2005-06, which are the latest available estimates, are provided in table 13 of the HMRC publication “Child and Working Tax Credit Take-up rates 2005-06”. This publication is available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-take-up2005-06.pdf

The Government are taking steps to ensure that childless workers claim and receive the support they are entitled to. The 2008 pre-Budget report announced proposals including HMRC aiming to double its partnership marketing coverage of Working Tax Credit (WTC) in the coming year.