Welfare Tax Credits: St Helens North

HM Treasury written question – answered on 14th July 2015.

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Photo of Conor McGinn Conor McGinn Labour, St Helens North

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of households in St Helens North constituency affected by the changes to tax credits proposed in the Summer Budget 2015; and what his estimate is of the effect on each such household of those changes.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Exchequer Secretary

This information is not available.

Information about the number of benefitting families and average entitlement in the St Helens North constituency in the tax year 2013-14 can be found in the publication ‘Personal tax credits: Finalised award statistics – geographical statistics 2013-2014’ here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/personal-tax-credits-finalised-award-statistics-geographical-statistics-2013-to-2014

The Government is making changes to Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit which will help put welfare spending on a more sustainable path. The Government wants to move from a low wage, high tax, high welfare society to a higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare society. That means more emphasis on support to hardworking families on low incomes by reducing income tax through increases in the personal allowance and increasing wages, than on topping up low wages through tax credits.

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