Families miss out on tax credits

Link: Green Budget: Extensions to working families tax credit

Only 138,836 families claimed the credit in May – or just 2.3% of those families that already get child benefit, the Treasury said.

Despite this poor showing, Trade & Industry secretary Patricia Hewitt claimed the tax credit had been a success and called for extra action to improve the take up of the benefit, rather than reform it in any way.

The introduction of the tax credit was designed to help get women with children back into the workforce, in so doing lift families out of poverty.

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