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Updated Child Tax Credit statistics for August 2015

07 December 2017

Child Tax Credit statistics for August 2015 (HMRC) are now available in profiles, tables and maps. This series also includes statistics about lone parents and out of work families.

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Child Tax Credit (CTC) is a benefit to help with the cost of raising a child. Families may be able to get CTC if someone in the family is over 16 and responsible for a child who is either: Under 16 or Under 20 and in full-time education or training. In 2017-18 CTC was worth up to £2,780 per child. An amount may also be paid for childcare costs. The annual household income threshold is £16,105 in 2017-18 where after CTC is reduced by 41p for each additional £1 of income.

Families on low incomes may be able to claim Working Tax Credit (WTC) which in 2017-18 was worth a maximum of £1,960 per year, though the annual household income threshold where after benefit begins to be withdrawn is £6,240. The Government is gradually introducing universal credit, a new benefit which will eventually replace tax credits, and some other social security benefits.

There were nearly 6,000 out of work families with dependent children in Kirklees in August 2015, 11.2% of all families claiming child benefit (England 16.8%). Families which were able to claim both CTC and WTC are those with at least one person in work in low paid work; around 16,000 families in Kirklees are in this category (30.1%, England 24.1%).

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