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Working Families Tax Credit

Mr. Woolas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of Working Families Tax Credit payments to families in receipt of child support payments; [128330]

Dawn Primarolo: A reliable estimate of the number of families in receipt of Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) and which also receive maintenance payments is not yet available. All maintenance received is disregarded for WFTC, and the amount of maintenance received cannot be determined from the information processed for applications for WFTC. Household survey data available for analysis do not yet cover families receiving WFTC.