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Welfare Tax Credits

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of couples with children receiving (a) child tax credit only and (b) both working tax credit and child tax credit have both adults in work and do not receive the 30 hour element of working tax credit. (315979)

The information requested is not available. Households eligible for child tax credit, but not working tax credit, are not eligible for the 30-hour element of working tax credit.

Working tax credit is designed to remove barriers to work and to top up the earnings of working people on low to moderate incomes. People with a child or a disability can claim it from age 16, provided they work at least 16 hours a week. The hours worked by couples with children can be combined; therefore if both adults in a couple work at least 16 hours a week they will be eligible for the 30 hour element of working tax credit.

In most cases if an individual in the couple works less than 16 hours, HM Revenue and Customs will not hold the necessary information to determine whether the individual is working at all. As such, the Department cannot produce the analysis requested.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on each element of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in each (i) county and (ii) region in each of the last four years. (317923)

Estimates of the average number of recipient families and their entitlements to tax credits, by county, local authority and parliamentary constituency, for 2004-05 to 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 December 2009, are available in the HMRC snapshot publication “Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Geographical analyses. December 2009”, available at the same internet address.

HMRC do not produce these statistics separately for child tax credit and working tax credit.