MP says ‘Claim Tax Credits’

Mark Tami MP will be campaigning around Alyn & Deeside over the coming months to encourage local people to claim the Government’s new tax credits coming in April.

From April 2003, the current system of tax credits will be replaced and removed. The Child Tax Credit and the Working Tax Credit build on and streamline the current systems and extend and support to people who up to now have not qualified for extra help.

Because the Child Tax Credit is not dependent on being in paid work, student nurses and students will qualify for the first time; and because the Working Tax Credit is not dependent on having children more low paid people in work will get extra help. From April 2003, together with child benefit, the child tax credit will guarantee:

  • £54.25 a week for the first child for the 25 per cent of families with an income of less than £13,000 a year.

  • £26.50 a week for the first child for the 85 per cent of families with an income of less than £50,000 a year.

The Working Tax Credit extends the principles of the Working Families Tax Credit and Disabled Person’s Tax Credit to people aged 25 and over without children or a disability, to help to make work pay.

The Alyn & Deeside MP commented: “I am keen to make sure that local people know what they can get and how exactly they can get it. In the new year I will be holding a special surgery to offer advice to people on the matter. It is important that families can claim the help that they entitled to.

I have written to all schools and nurseries to inform them of the new tax credits and if anyone wants anymore information then they can contact me on 207 219 8174 or tamim@parliament.uk.”

Alternatively, you can get further details by logging on to inlandrevenue.gov.uk/taxcredits or calling the helpline on 0845 300 3900.