Tax Credits: Fraud

Treasury written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what assessment his Department has made of the possible effect on child poverty if fraud and error were eradicated from working tax credit payments; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what estimate his Department has made of the effect on levels of child poverty of the eradication of fraud and error in child tax credits; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

Tax credits play a key role in making work pay and reducing poverty, and have helped to lift 600,000 children out of relative poverty since 1998-99.

The Government are keen to ensure that support goes to the right customers at the right time, and is committed to reducing error and fraud across tax credits. I refer the hon. Member to my written statement of 14 July 2008, Hansard, columns 1-2WS.

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