Personal Taxes

High quality Report: Remaining Statistics for Private Tax Credit – Small Space Knowledge 2019 to 2020

1. introduction

The final publication of Personal Tax Credit Statistics in the Lower Layer Super Output Area (LSOA) in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Scotland Data Zone consists of a series of tables showing the number of families receiving tax credits in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland as of August 31, 2019.

The tables also show the number of children corresponding to each tax credit recipient family in the lower super output or data zone. Information on the number of families receiving tax credits and the number of children is also published at the local and regional level.

Tax credits were introduced in April 2003, replacing the working family tax credit, the disabled person tax credit, and the child tax credit. They are an important part of the government’s policy goals to provide adequate financial incentives for work, reduce child poverty, and increase financial support for all families.

Working Tax Credits (WTC) provide work support for people on low incomes, with or without children. It is available to people who are at least 16 years old and who meet certain criteria. Child Tax Credits provide income-based support to children and eligible youth aged 16-19 who are full-time with no advanced education or recognized training in a single tax credit payable to the primary caregiver.

Families can apply for CTC whether the adults are employed or not. Please visit the HMRC website for more information on eligibility

2. relevance

This annual statistic provides a geographical breakdown of the number of tax credit beneficiary families and the children in those families for the United Kingdom. These are national statistics and the month of publication is indicated in the HMRC publication schedule, with the exact date being published in the HMRC statistics publication calendar at least 28 days prior to publication.

The statistics contained in this publication will therefore be of interest to anyone looking for detailed geographic estimates of the number of families receiving tax credits.

3. Accuracy and reliability

The published tables are based on the final grant dates from 2019-2020, which in turn are based on 100% of the tax credit administrative data available for that period, and are therefore not subject to any sampling error. This publication has been prepared in accordance with the UK Statistical Agency’s Code of Conduct for the Production of Official Statistics and has also been independently verified through a step-by-step quality assurance process.

4th Punctuality and punctuality

The publication of the Small Area Data (LSOA and Data Zone) personal tax credit statistics data was first published in 2007 and will be done with enough time to do the analysis, quality assurance and prepare the correct format for publication. The publication has since been released every year on the pre-announced date.

5. Accessibility and clarity

HMRC has increased its focus on accessibility and all documents published for this press release meet the department’s accessibility requirements. Please visit the HMRC digital page for more information.

Small Area Personal Tax Credit Statistics (LSOA and Data Zone) are free and available to users through the UK National Statistics Publication Center.

The publications are available in PDF and Excel format and can be easily downloaded by users. The latest publications are available in HTML and Open Document Spreadsheet (ODS) formats in accordance with the new accessibility requirements.

You can also access the previous publications by visiting the HMRC statistics on The National Archives page.

6th Coherence and comparability

Although the data for these statistics is from the same data source used to compile the Geographical Analysis of Final Annual Child and Worker Tax Credit Allocations, these two releases are not comparable as the latter covers tax credit claims for the entire tax year at the time of this release only takes a snapshot of August 31st.

It is also difficult to fully compare this publication with previous publications, as numerous policy changes have been made over the past decade regarding tax credits for children and workers. Changes in geographical boundaries and area codes have also affected the time series analysis, which may be explained in the publication itself.

7th Tradeoffs between the components of output quality

We are committed to ensuring that these statistics are as accurate as possible and to minimize revisions due to errors. Therefore, the data is published in a timely manner, taking into account the time required to carry out a full and solid quality assurance.

8th. Assessment of user needs and perceptions

Users can provide feedback by contacting the relevant statistician, the details of which are given in the publication.

The HMRC launched an extensive consultation on a number of statistics on February 8, 2021. This includes changes to a number of publications on tax credit statistics, including a proposal to discontinue this publication as the number of tax credit customers will decrease when they switch to Universal Credit. You can find out more in the consultation.

Following this consultation, HMRC decided to publish only the number of families benefiting from the tax breaks and the number of children in these families in regional, local authorities and in the lower super-performance zone (LSOA) from August 2019.

9. Performance, costs and participant load

Most of the datasets used for this analysis come from the tax credit administrative data, which is processed at the time the final child and working tax credit geographic analysis is prepared, and therefore the cost of performing this analysis is minimal. The production of these statistics does not create any additional burdens for employees or employers.

10. Confidentiality, Transparency and Security

All of the records used for these statistics are stored in Controlled Access Folders (CAFs) that can be accessed by some analysts who can be shown to have access to the data. HMRC is committed to managing information efficiently to ensure our records are compliant

  • UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) 2018
  • The Data Protection Act 2018
  • The 1998 Data Protection Act
  • Public Records Act 1968
  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) (specifically the Code of Conduct for Records)

Management issued under s46 FOI, which requires public authorities to have effective record-keeping arrangements). In accordance with the Early Access Policy, the information contained in the tables will not be issued in final form a day before publication and then only to appointed officials and ministers whose names will be published on the HMRC website.

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