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Child Tax Credit and Child Benefit

Treasury written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the effectiveness of the process by which child tax credit and child benefit are transferred to other family members when they assume guardianship of a child.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is responsible for administering child tax credits and child benefit so I have been asked to reply.

The Department aims to pay 60% of all new tax credits claims in 15 calendar days and 69% of new child benefit claims in nine working days. It can take longer to award new claims where a child is involved in more than one tax credits and/or child benefit claim because HMRC must make separate inquiries to establish the correct entitlements.

HMRC Benefits and Credits keeps all of its procedural guidance under review seeking to make continuous improvements wherever necessary.

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