HC Deb 09 February 2004 vol 417 c1140W
20. Mr. Bill O'Brien

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the application of working tax credit to(a) parents with care and (b) absent parents. [153192]

Mr. Pond

In the new scheme only the non-resident parent's income is taken into account; the parent with care's income is ignored.

In the old scheme a parent with care who receives working tax credit is treated as having no assessable income.

Generally speaking, in both schemes, a non-resident parent's working tax credit counts as income. (The exception is where his current partner is the principal earner).

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