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Working Tax Credit

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on the childcare element of the working tax credit in each quarter of the last five years for which figures are available. (290399)

Table 2.4 of the HMRC publications “Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics Finalised Awards” for the years 2003-04 to 2007-08, provides information on the estimated expenditure on the child care element. This is shown in the following table.

The same table contains estimates of the average help with child care costs these families received in each relevant year. This information is not available on a quarterly basis.

Child care element expenditure (£ million)

Average help with child care costs per week (£)

2003-04

613

43.58

2004-05

706

44.29

2005-06

858

48.45

2006-07

1,179

58.97

2007-08

1,364

63.17