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Benefit Fraud

Treasury written question – answered on 1st May 2002.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Conservative, Epsom and Ewell

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason (a) a widow's pension is and (b) maintenance payments are not taken into account in assessing eligibility for working families tax credit.

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

The fact that widow's pension is taken into account in tax credits and maintenance payments are not, aligns the treatment with what happens in the rest of the tax system. The maintenance disregard also makes a significant contribution to tackling child poverty.

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