Welfare Tax Credits

Treasury written question – answered on 18th June 2014.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of those who are (a) out-of-work, (b) self-employed and (c) employed in each of the last five years are tax credit claimants.

Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan Minister for Women, The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The information requested is not available.

Data on the total number of employed, self-employed and unemployed people in the UK are published in the ONS Labour Market Statistics publication, available at:


However, it is not possible to calculate proportions as the ONS has different definitions for ‘out-of-work’, self-employed and employed when compared to the tax credits system.

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