HC Deb 17 December 2001 vol 377 c33W
Mr. Frank Field

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 4 December 2001,Official Report, column 203W, on working families tax credit, how many people are in receipt of the various components of working families tax credit with a final income of (a) 20 to 30 per cent., (b) 30 to 40 per cent., (c) 40 to 50 per cent., (d) 50 to 60 per cent., (e) 60 to 70 per cent., (f) 70 to 80 per cent., (g) 80 to 90 per cent. and (h) 90 to 100 per cent. more than initial income. [22667]

Dawn Primarolo

It is estimated from the Family Resources Survey that, under the working families' tax credit (WFTC) regime applying to awards starting from June 2001, the numbers of such families are in the following table:

Estimated number of families for which WFTC increases net income by between 20 and 100 per cent. under the June 2001 WFTC regime
Percentage increase in final net income1 over initial net income1 Families (Thousands)
(a)20 to less than 30 180
(b)30 to less than 40 120
(c)40 to less than 50 90
(d)50 to less than 60 50
(e)60 to less than 70 30
(f)70 to less than 80 40
(g, h)2 80 to less than 100 30
1Final net income is as projected, including estimated entitlement to WFTC, housing benefit (HB) and council tax benefit (CTB). Initial net income if this less the estimated entitlement to WFTC, plus any consequent increase in estimated entitlement to HB and CTB.
2 The sample size is too small to yield separate reliable estimates for (g) and (h).


1 Estimates are derived from 1999–2000 FRS with incomes projected forward to 2001–02 and assuming the 2001–02 regimes for income tax and national insurance contributions. They are subject to sampling error.

2 Survey results are calibrated to the number of families on maximum WFTC awards yielded by administrative data.