To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer
(1) how much was (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on the childcare element of the working tax credit in each quarter of the last five years for which data are available; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what the average level of award made to families of the childcare element of the working tax credit was in each quarter of the last five years for which data are available; and if he will make a statement.
HMRC do not produce forecasts for the individual elements of the child and working tax credits.
Table 2.4 of the HMRC publications 'Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Awards' for 2003-04 and 2004-05 and 2005-06, provides information on the estimated expenditure on the child care element, for 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06. This is shown in the following table.
The same table contains estimates of the average help with child care costs these families received in each relevant year. This information is not available on a quarterly basis.
|Childcare element expenditure (£ million)||Av erage help with child care cost per week (£)|