Clause 4 - Claims: supplementary

Part of Tax Credits Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 15th January 2002.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 5:15 pm, 15th January 2002

I am grateful to the Minister for putting on record some of the strategies that the Revenue will adopt to try to enhance take-up. I am particularly concerned about take-up of the working tax credit, as to some extent we are dealing with a client group that has had no experience of claiming means-tested benefits: the childless or the low paid may never have claimed means-tested benefits. If they have gone through the Jobcentre Plus process, some of the mechanisms that the Minister has described will reach them. I am aware, however, that a proportion of previously unemployed people and people who change jobs never come into contact with a jobcentre. I hope that the Minister can reassure us at some point, not immediately, that other take-up mechanisms for that group, which has less contact with officialdom, are also being put in place.

However, I accept what the Minister said about the specific purposes of this part of the clause and I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 4 ordered to stand part of the Bill.