To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the number of families eligible for the childcare element of the working tax credit; what his estimate is of the number of eligible families who do not receive the credit; and if he will make a statement.
The information requested is not available.
However, information on the average number of in-work families benefiting from the childcare element, based on final family circumstances and incomes, in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 are published in table 2.4 of the HMRC publications "Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Annual Awards", for each relevant year. These publications are available on the HMRC website at:
Information on the estimates of the take-up rate for child and working tax credits in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 are produced in the HMRC publication "Child and Working Tax Credit Take-up rates", for each relevant year. These publications are available on the HMRC website at: