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Welfare Tax Credits

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of people in (a) Castle Point constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England are claiming (i) childcare tax credit and (ii) working tax credit. (249642)

Take-up rate estimates for the childcare element are not available, and take-up rates of working tax credit are only available down to regional level.

Information on the average number of in-work families benefiting from the childcare element in the areas mentioned based on final family circumstance and incomes is published in the HMRC publication “Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Annual Awards 2006-07 Geographical analyses”. This publication is available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-quarterly-stats.htm

Estimates of child and working tax credit take-up rates for 2005-06, which are the latest available estimates, are published on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-take-up.htm

Take-up rates for working families with children at regional level are shown in table 9.