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Child Tax Credit

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the backlog of child benefit payments was in each month in each of the last five years. (296443)

The information is not available. All payments of child benefit are generated automatically with the vast majority being paid by bank transfer. For information on the time it takes to pay a new child benefit claim I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for Glasgow, East (John Mason) on 27 April 2009, Official Report, columns, 1046-47W.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has for future increases in the levels of child tax credits. (296782)

The Government increased the child element of the child tax credit by £240 in Budget 2008, and by another £150 in Budget 2009, when the Government also announced that the child element will increase by £20 above indexation in April 2010. Overall, the child element has risen by £790 since its introduction. Decisions on increases in the levels of tax credits are announced in the Budget and Pre-Budget Report.