Brown launches new family tax credit scheme

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Backed by a multi-million pound advertising campaign, the child tax credit and working tax credit will replace a number of separate schemes, and for the first time will see money going directly to the carer, usually the mother.

Brown said: ‘Instead of a tax credit paid through the wage packet to the main earner, normally the father, we will pay the child tax credit directly in cash or through a bank account to the carer, usually the mother.’

The move will signal a transfer of up to £2bn from fathers to mothers.

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