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Child Poverty

Treasury written question – answered on 11th July 2001.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Regent's Park and Kensington North

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the impact on the numbers of children in poverty in (a) lone parent families and (b) couples with children, resulting from an increase in the threshold level of income at which Working Families Tax Credit starts to be withdrawn to (i) £120, (ii) £150 and (iii) £200.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Paymaster General (HM Treasury)

It is not possible to measure accurately the impact on child poverty of individual changes to the tax and benefit system. The margins of error surrounding these estimates are too large. Taken as a whole, the personal tax and benefit measures introduced over the last Parliament will have lifted over 1.2 million children out of relative poverty.

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