6 January 2019

Fifty thousand families in Scotland are missing out on over £200million of unclaimed tax credits, new figures from Scottish Labour reveal.

The most recent figures published by HM Revenue and Customs and confirmed by the Scottish Parliament information centre show that £210million worth of child tax credits have gone unclaimed in Scotland.

Labour said getting that money into the hands of working class families – currently worth on average of £6,148 every year - could have a transformative effect in the battle against child poverty.

With the Tory’s Universal Credit rollout replacing Labour’s Tax Credits, Labour have called on UK and Scottish governments to do more to make sure people get every penny they are entitled to under the new benefit.

Scottish Labour Social Security spokesperson Mark Griffin said:

“With one in four children living in poverty, it is simply scandalous that families have missed out on over £200million in child tax credits.

“At a time of soaring child poverty and falling wages, both the SNP and Tory governments should be doing more to make sure that 50,000 households are getting what they are entitled to. With an average payment of over £6,000, getting this money to them could be transformative.

“Labour forced the SNP government to write the principle of income maximisation into law with requiring the new Social Security Agency Scotland to make sure that people are aware of what they are entitled to and can claim it – we now need to see real action on that.

“Families across the country are facing a cost of living crisis – ensuring they don’t miss out on child tax credits, this vital support they are entitled to, should form a cornerstone of any serious anti-poverty strategy from Holyrood and Westminster.”

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