Bishop of Durham receives answers to further written questions on Child Tax Credits

On 6th March 2018 the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, received an answer to three written questions on Child Tax Credits, following up written questions asked in January and February.

The Lord Bishop of Durham: 

i) To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4633) and 19 February (HL5367), whether they have collected statistics on the number of families affected by the two-child limit policy in the child element of Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit since its introduction in April 2017.

ii) To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4633) and 19 February (HL5367), (1) how many families have had their tax credits reduced as a result of the two-child limit policy in the child element of Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit, in each month since its introduction in April 2017; and (2) how many children the families had in each case.

iii) To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4633) and 19 February (HL5367), of those families affected by the two-child limit policy in the child element of Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit since its introduction in April 2017, how many (1) had one or more parents in work, (2) were single parent families, and (3) were two-parent families.

Lord Bates (Con): No family has seen a cash reduction in their tax credit award as a consequence of the decision to limit support to two children in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit. The number of Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit claimants who were expected to be affected by the policy over the next five years were published in the Impact Assessment relating to the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016.

The government continues to monitor the impact of its welfare policy decisions, including reviewing available statistical information.

(via Parliament.uk – first, second, third)