Child Benefit: Overpayments

Treasury written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of John Battle John Battle Labour, Leeds West

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number and (b) the amount of child benefit overpayments caused by the failure of a claimant to notify the Child Benefit Office of a change of circumstances in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07, (iii) 2007-08 and (iv) 2008-09.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Digital Britain) (also HM Treasury), Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

The information requested is not available, as HM Revenue and Customs' systems do not capture the reasons for child benefit overpayments.

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