The Government's aim is to ensure that everyone receives all of the help that they are entitled to.
Tax credits are benefiting around 6 million families and 10 million children. Take-up is now higher than for any previous system of income-related financial support, at 81 per cent. for the child tax credit, rising to 92 per cent. for the poorest fifth of families. HM Revenue and Customs is pursuing a comprehensive strategy to sustain and increase these high levels of take-up, using methods such as:
placing tax credit advisers in 100 children centres;
joining up marketing of parents' entitlements through the Payments for Parents campaign; and
offering information for new mothers in Bounty packs.