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Child Tax Credit

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to improve take-up of child tax credit. (288442)

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.