HC Deb 10 December 1997 vol 302 cc601-2W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will estimate the growth in take up of the child care disregard in family credit in the most recent year for which figures are available. [18082]

Mr. Keith Bradley

The information is not available in the format requested. The take up estimates produced for the income-related benefits do not provide estimates of component elements such as the childcare disregard.

The number of Family Credit claimants with an allowed claim for help with childcare charges over the last 12 months has increased from 25,000 (May 1996) to 30,000 (May 1997), an increase of 20 per cent.