Welfare Tax Credits

HM Treasury written question – answered on 23rd September 2015.

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Photo of Greg Mulholland Greg Mulholland Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigns Chair

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in each constituency will be affected by the Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Exchequer Secretary

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The Government is making changes to Tax Credits and Universal Credit which will help put welfare spending on a more sustainable path. The emphasis is on supporting hardworking families on low incomes by reducing income tax through increases in the personal allowance and increasing wages, rather than on topping up low wages through tax credits.

HMT has published a distributional analysis of the impact of the Summer Budget 2015 which includes the effect of tax credit and other welfare measures on households. This information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/443229/PU1822_Distributional_Analysis.pdf

HMRC publishes information on families’ tax credit awards within local authorities. The most recent available data is for 2013-14 and can be found here:

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

Information on the number of families in individual constituencies receiving tax credits and the average value of these payments can be found in table 2.

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