Welfare Tax Credits: EC Accession

Treasury written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Jim Cousins Jim Cousins Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne Central

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what checks are made on claims for child tax credit by citizens of (a) Poland, (b) Slovakia, (c) Lithuania, (d) Estonia and (e) Latvia resident in the UK;

(2) how many citizens of (a) Poland, (b) Slovakia, (c) Latvia, (d) Lithuania and (e) Estonia are claiming (i) child tax credit and (ii) working tax credit in the UK;

(3) how many citizens of (a) Poland, (b) Slovakia, (c) Lithuania, (d) Latvia and (e) Estonia are claiming child benefit in the UK;

(4) what checks are made on claims for child benefit from citizens of (a) Poland, (b) Slovakia, (c) Latvia, (d) Lithuania and (e) Estonia.

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

holding answer 20 March 2007

The detailed breakdown requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the last Accession monitoring report, published on 27 February 2007 on the Home Office immigration and nationality directorate's website, http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/reports/accession_monitoring_report, provides detailed information including the total number of workers from the new member states of the EU who have made a claim for child benefit and tax credits.

All claims for tax credits and child benefit are subject to a wide range of checks throughout the life of each claim. It would be inappropriate to disclose a complete list of checks as to do so may provide assistance to those attempting to defraud the system.

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