The Spending Plan policy 9: cut child tax credits to their 2003–04 level in real terms

April 17, 2015 11:05 AM

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies calculated that reversing the discretionary increases in the child element of the child tax credit since 2003–04 would save around £5.1 billion in 2015–16. We assumed that the fraction of forecast total tax credit expenditure in 2019–20 would be the same as 2015-16 to estimate that this would equate to a saving of around £5.8 billion in 2019–20.

That increase since 2003–04 was and remains unaffordable. The government should reverse it.

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