HC Deb 12 March 2003 vol 401 c283W
Mr. Prisk

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates his Department has made of the costs of the provision of(a) public and (b) hon. Member helplines following the introduction of the new tax credit. [102417]

Dawn Primarolo

The full costs incurred in the current year (2002–03) on the provision of helplines for new tax credits, including setting up, live running and staff costs, are estimated at £53 million. There are no separate figures for the hon. Member helpline, but these will be minimal in the context of the overall costs.

Hugh Bayley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in the City of York council area have been helped by each of the tax credits since they were introduced. [102647]

Dawn Primarolo

The number of recipients of WFTC and Disabled Person's Tax Credit in each local authority and each constituency are shown in "Working Families' and Disabled Person's Tax Credit Statistics: Geographical Analyses" for each quarter. Copies are on the Inland Revenue website, www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk. Information about the numbers eligible for the Children's Tax Credit is not available by local authority, but it is estimated that about 400,000 families in Yorkshire and The Humber will benefit from it.

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