Families miss out on tax credits
Latest figures revealed by the Treasury show that very few families are claiming the working families tax credit, first introduced by Gordon Brown in 1998.
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.