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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Tax credit and Child Benefit rates 2008/09

The government published the 2008-2009 rates and allowances for Working and Child Tax Credits, Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance in October 2007.

The 2008 Budget announced:

  • an increase in the first child rate of Child Benefit to £20 a week from April 2009
  • an increase in the child element of the Child Tax Credit by £50 a year above indexation from April 2009 to further help low to middle income families
  • Child Benefit will be disregarded in calculating income for Housing and Council Tax Benefit from October 2009, improving work incentives for many of the lowest paid families and boosting their incomes. A working family with one child on the lowest incomes will gain up to £17 a week from this change.

Working and Child Tax Credits rates 2008-2009

Amount is per year unless stated.

Type of allowance

2007-08

Change

2008-09

Basic element

£1,730

+£70

£1,800

Couple and lone parent element

£1,700

+£70

£1,770

30 hour element

£705

+£30

£735

Disabled worker element

£2,310

+£95

£2,405

Severe disability element

£980

+£40

£1,020

50+ Return to work payment (16-29 hours)

£1,185

+£50

£1,235

50+ Return to work payment (30+ hours)

£1,770

+£70

£1,840

Childcare element of the Working Tax Credit

Type of allowance

2007-08

Change

2008-09

Maximum eligible cost for one child

£175 per week

 -

 £175 per week

Maximum eligible cost for two or more children

 £300 per week

 -

 £300 per week

Percentage of eligible costs covered

 80%

 -

 80%

Child tax credit

Amount is per year unless stated.

Type of allowance

2007-08

Change

2008-09

Family element

 £545

 -

 £545

Family element, baby addition

 £545

 -

 £545

Child element

£1,845

+£240

£2,085

Disabled child element

 £2,440

+£100

£2,540

Severely disabled child element

 £980

+£40

£1,020

Child Benefit/Guardian's Allowance rates 2008-2009

Amount is per week unless stated.

Type of allowance

2007-08

Change

2008-09

Eldest/only child

 £18.10

+£.70

£18.80

Other children

 £12.10

+£0.45

£12.55

Guardian's Allowance

£12.95

+£0.50

£13.45

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