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Tax Credit

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in tax credits to residents of (a) each local authority area and (b) each parliamentary constituency in England in each of the last 10 years. (290865)

Child and working tax credit were introduced in April 2003 when they replaced working families’ tax credit, disabled person’s tax credit and children’s tax credit.

Estimates of expenditure on tax credits at local authority and parliamentary constituency level are available only at disproportionate cost because the necessary expenditure data are not readily available on a geographical basis.

Estimates of the average number of recipient families and their entitlements (as opposed to payments) to tax credits, by local authority and parliamentary constituency, for each year between 2003-04 and 2007-08, are available in the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) publications “Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics Finalised Annual Awards. Geographical Analyses”, available at:

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

The same information for 2008-09 is not yet available as awards have not yet been finalised. However, estimates of the number of recipient families with tax credits, based on provisional awards, as at 1 April 2009, are available in the HMRC snapshot publication “Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Geographical analyses. April 2009”, available at the same internet address.

Estimates of the number of working families’ tax credit and disabled person’s tax credit recipients, and the average weekly value of awards, from May 2001 to November 2002 are available at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/wftc/wfdptc_geog.htm

Estimates prior to May 2001 are not available. Similarly estimates are not available for children’s tax credit.