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Tax Credits in Wales: Summary Briefing

November 9th 2015

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The current debate about Tax Credits matters to more than a quarter of a million families in Wales who receive some sort of payment. They also matter to 384,300 children who live in families receiving Tax Credits – around half of all children in Wales.

This summary briefing is based on the Equality and Social Justice Briefing which was published exclusively for Bevan Foundation members and subscribers.

Key messages from the briefing show that in Wales:

  • 238,000 households claim Tax Credits.
  • Monmouthshire has the lowest Tax Credits claimant rate for working-age households at 18.6%, and Merthyr Tydfil has the highest rate at 32.2%.
  • 69% of claimants are in work.
  • Approximately one in four working-age households in employment receive Tax Credits.
  • 384,300 children live in households in receipt of Tax Credits.
  • The average weekly Tax Credits award is £117.96 per week
  • Total expenditure on Tax Credits in Wales is £1.460 billion.

This summary briefing is available to download below . Alternatively, to access the full Equality and Social Justice Briefing please visit the members’ section of our website (and if you’re not already a member, join today).

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