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Child Trust Fund

25. Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on family savings patterns in the UK of the child trust fund. [158883]

Kitty Ussher: The Child Trust Fund will ensure that at age 18 all children have access to a financial asset. Over three million children now have a Child Trust Fund account and evidence suggests that levels of engagement with the scheme are high. Data on contributions into accounts will be published for the first time later this month and will enable us to assess the impact of the Child Trust Fund on family saving patterns going forward.

Children: Maintenance

Jeremy Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment HM Revenue and Customs has made of the effect of a decision to pay child benefit to a separated parent on the entitlement to (a) tax credits and (b) other benefits of the other parent, when both parents have applied for child benefit in relation to a child. [159106]

Jane Kennedy: Child benefit is a universal benefit which is non-contributory and paid to families regardless of income.

Ideally, separated parents will decide between themselves who should be entitled to receive child benefit. Only where the parents cannot decide who should be entitled will an officer on behalf of the commissioners of HMRC decide the matter.

In such cases, HMRC determines which parent has the greater responsibility on the basis of the information provided by both parents. Where it is appropriate, consideration will also be given to the impact on entitlement to other benefits of paying child benefit to one parent.

The tax credit system does not prevent child tax credit from being paid to a parent if they are not receiving child benefit, so long as they are mainly responsible for the child’s day to day care.

Council Tax: Tax Yields

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the net revenue from council tax receipts was in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Great Britain in each year since 1997-98; and if he will estimate what the revenue will be in each case in 2007-08. [158067]

Angela Eagle: Outturn and budget figures for net council tax receipts in England, Wales and Great Britain to 2006-07 are available from:

Communities and Local Government (CLG): Local Government Finance Statistics England (numbers 15, 16 and 17: table 2.2a). The 2006-07 figure for England can be found in Local Authority Revenue Expenditure and Financing 2006-07 Provisional Outturn, table 2 at:


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Welsh Assembly Government: Statswales (table: Council Tax Collection, In-year council tax) at:

Scottish Executive: Council Tax Collection Statistics (table 1) at:

These figures are provided on a cash basis.

The aggregated estimate for net council tax receipts in 2007-08 for the UK is available from table B8 in the 2007 pre-Budget report and Comprehensive Spending Review. The statistics in this table are determined on a national accounts accruals basis, so do not read across from the cash figures provided by CLG and the devolved Administrations.

A figure for England in 2007-08 is available from Local Authority Revenue Expenditure and Financing 2007-08 Budget, table 2 at:

Departments: Property

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties are held on the Electronic Property Information Mapping Service database; and what property attributes are recordable for each property. [158408]

Jane Kennedy: The Electronic Property Information Mapping Service database holds records of 9,636 holdings (either whole buildings occupied by Government or parts of buildings). It also holds 2,578 land records.

Each property record contains:

Departments: Sexual Harassment

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2007, Official Report, column 1001W, on Departments: sexual harassment, if he will place in the Library (a) copies of the Valuation Office Agency’s Gender Equality Scheme and Action Plan and (b) the latest monitoring report for diversity strands. [158212]

Jane Kennedy: A copy of the Agency’s Gender Equality Scheme and Action Plan is published and available on the Agency’s website at:

Copies of the Agency’s Gender Equality Scheme and Action Plan and the latest Monitoring Report for the Agency will be placed in the Library.


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Financial Services: Pay

Ben Chapman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of recent trends in the levels of City bonuses. [158014]

Angela Eagle: Box 2.3 on page 23 of the 2007 pre-Budget report and Comprehensive Spending Review sets out the impacts of the financial sector on the economy and public finances.

Housing: Valuation

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals the Valuation Office Agency has considered (a) to increase the amount of property attribute information on domestic dwellings online and (b) to publish council tax information with colour coded maps using Ordnance Survey data online; and what plans the Agency has to implement those proposals. [158059]

Jane Kennedy: None, following the completion of the council tax revaluation in Wales and the postponement of that in England.

Income Tax

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 384W, on income tax, (1) how many people who will experience a reduction in income will be (a) economically active and (b) inactive; [147819]

(2) how many (a) single adults, (b) families with one earner and (c) individuals in families with two earners will experience a reduction in income, broken down by sex; [147820]

(3) what estimate he has made of the number of people with annual incomes of (a) £10,000, (b) £10-£15,000, (c) £15-20,000 and (d) £20,000 and above whose income will be reduced by the abolition of the 10p income tax rate; [147990]

(4) what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) single adults earning less than £18,500, (b) families with two earners whose tax rise is not met by tax credit changes, (c) women aged between 60 and 64 and (d) workers who have prematurely retired and do not qualify for the higher pensioner tax allowance whose income will be reduced by the abolition of the 10p income tax rate; [148003]

(5) how many of the three million taxpayers whose incomes will be reduced by the abolition of the 10p income tax rate and who will not gain from the cut in the basic rate of tax to 20p, will have their incomes reduced by (a) under £1, (b) between £1 and £3, (c) between £3 and £5 and (d) between £5 and £10 a week. [148308]

Jane Kennedy: The removal of the 10p rate of income tax on earned income was part of a package of reforms announced in Budget 2007. The exact effect of the reforms will depend both on individual incomes,
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and on the circumstances of the household in which people live, for example whether they have children and their age.

As a result of the personal tax reforms announced in Budget 2007 21 million households are better off or no worse off.

Of those households that will see their income rise due to the reforms, the following table shows the distribution of households by change in their weekly income.

Change in weekly income Number of households (million)

Increase by less than £1

3.0

Increase between £1 and £3

4.7

Increase between £3 and £5

3.2

Increase between £5 and £10

4.0

Increase by more than £10 a week

1.0


Of the 5.3 million households that will pay marginally more in net tax—on average less than a half per cent. of net income—the following table shows the distribution of households by change in their weekly income.

Change in weekly income Number of households( 1) (million)

Decrease by less than £1

1.5

Decrease between £1 and £3

2.2

Decrease between £3 and £5

1.1

Decrease between £5 and £10

0.4

Decrease by more than £10 a week

0.0

(1) Rows may not sum to total due to rounding.

Of these 5.3 million households, around 900,000 households contain a single adult, who see their income decreased by £1.45 a week on average, a further 700,000 are households with more than one adult but with a single ‘earner’, who see their income decreased by £2.00 a week on average, and around 3.3 million households who are worse off have two or more adults who are defined as ‘earners’, who see their income decreased by £2.60 a week on average.

Around 4.8 million of these 5.3 million households contain at least one adult who is economically active, who see their income decreased by £2.30 a week on average, and around 0.5 million losing households only contain economically inactive adults, who see their income decreased by £2.05 a week on average. Some 0.8 million are single adults with an income below £18,500, who see their income decreased by £1.45 a week on average, and 0.6 million are women aged between 60 and 64, who see their income decreased by £1.95 a week on average. An adult is defined as an ‘earner’ if they are economically active.

Of these 5.3 million, 0.9 million have a household reference person with an income under £10,000 a year, 1.1 million have a household reference person with an income between £10,000 and £15,000 a year, 1.5 million have a household reference person with an income between £15,000 and £20,000 a year, and 1.8 million have a household reference person with an income between £10,000 and £20,000 a year. The Household Reference Person is the person who owns the accommodation or is legally responsible for the rent. If
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this should apply to more than one person in the household, then they are the one with the highest income.

The estimates are for 2009-10 and have been calculated by comparing against a base that has been increased in line with inflation, using the 2004-05 Expenditure and Food Survey.

Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated impact is on (a) 16 to 18-year-olds in work, (b) single people aged 18 to 65 years, (c) lone parents where the parent works fewer than 25 hours per week, (d) lone parents where the parent works more than 25 hours per week, (e) two parent/adult families with one child, (f) two parent/adult families with two children and (g) two parent/adult families with three children earning (i) less than £15,000 per annum, (ii) £15,000 to £20,000 per annum, (iii) £20,000 to £25,000 per annum, (iv) £25,000 to £30,000 per annum, (v) £30,000 to £35,000 per annum, (vi) £35,000 to £40,000 per annum, (vii) £40,000 to £45,000 per annum, (viii) £45,000 to £50,000 per annum, (ix) £50,000 to £55,000 per annum and (x) £55,000 to £60,000 per annum of the abolition of the 10p starting rate in income tax and the 2p reduction in the standard rate. [130214]

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage change is in (a) income tax and (b) employee national insurance contributions arising from budget changes for individuals (i) at or over the state pension age and (ii) below the state pension age with an income of (A) £60,000 per annum, (B) £30,00 per annum and (C) £15,000 per annum. [131600]

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on incomes in each year up to 2011 of (a) changes to personal allowances, (b) the removal of the 10p tax rate and (c) the reduction of the basic rate of income tax to 20 pence on people born (i) before and (ii) after 1935 with incomes of (A) £8,000, (B) £9,000, (C) £10,000, (D) £11,000, (E) £12,000, (F) 13,000, (G) £14,000, (H) £15,000, (I) £16,000, (J) £17,000 and (K) £18,000. [136787]

Mr. Syms: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the average change in income tax which has to be paid by a 21-year-old single person living in Poole working full-time on the minimum wages as a result of the measures announced in the 2007 Budget. [151580]

Jane Kennedy: Budget 2007 announced a number of reforms to simplify the personal tax system. The exact effect of the reforms will depend both on individual incomes, and on the circumstances of the household in which people live, for example whether they have children and their age.

Projected changes in net income in 2009-10 as a result of this package are shown in the following tables. Net incomes are based on a single earner with gross earned income as specified, net of income tax and employee national insurance contributions, and including child benefit and tax credits (non-pensioner
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families) or pension credit (pensioner families). The projections assume full take-up of entitlements to tax credits where applicable, without child care costs or disability premiums.

Change in net income by April 2009 (2009-10 prices £ a year)
Annual earning Single person/single earner couple (aged under 25) Single person (aged 25+) Single earner couple (aged 25+)

£0

0

0

0

£5,000

0

0

0

£10,000

-197

175

175

£15,000

-97

-97

175

£20,000

3

3

3

£25,000

103

103

103

£30,000

203

203

203

£35,000

303

303

303

£40,000

121

121

121

£45,000

12

12

12

£50,000

12

12

12

£55,000

12

12

12

£60,000

12

12

12


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