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Personal Tax Credits: Number of Families: a data cube slice

Number of families benefitting from tax credits. The figures presented are for live tax credit cases, at 31st August of the stated years.

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Family Type
  1. All
  2. Couples
  3. Lone Parent
Measure Type
  1. Count
Reference Period
  1. 2013/2014
  2. 2014/2015
  3. 2015/2016
  4. 2016/2017
  5. 2017/2018
Tax Credit Type
  1. All
  2. Child Tax Credit Only
  3. Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit
Work Status
  1. All
  2. In Work
  3. Out of Work
Reference Area
(showing types of area available in these data)
  1. Countries
  2. Council Areas
  3. 2011 Data Zones
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Next update due
October 2020

These statistics focus on the number of families benefiting from tax credits in Scotland as at 31st August in the relevant financial year. They are based on a snapshot of finalised award data, which in turn is based on 100% of tax credit administrative data available for that period, and so they are not subject to sampling error. This publication excludes any cases where the claimants live outside the UK or where we cannot locate a region or area.

Tax credits are a flexible system of financial support designed to deliver support as and when a family needs it, tailored to their specific circumstances. Introduced in 2003, the system forms part of wider government policy to provide support to parents returning to work, reduce child poverty and increase financial support for families. The system is designed flexibly so that as families' circumstances change, (daily) entitlement to tax credits can change. Tax credits can respond quickly to families' changing circumstances providing support to those that need it most. Tax credits are based on household circumstances and can be claimed jointly by members of a couple, or by singles. Entitlement is based on the following factors:

  • age
  • income
  • hours worked
  • number and age of children
  • childcare costs
  • disabilities

For further information about who can claim please refer to the HMRC website.

For further information on personal tax credits statistics, including figures for England and Wales, please visit the relevant page on

Confidentiality Policy

To avoid the possible disclosure of information about individual families, including by comparison with other analyses, suppression techniques have been applied to data zone figures where the cell frequencies are less than 3. All the other figures have been individually rounded to the nearest 5. It is therefore very common for rounded components of a rounded figure to not sum to the same figure. Local Authority and Scotland figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

Quality Management

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designed these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods;
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest;
  • are produced to the highest standard, ensuring that data confidentiality has been maintained

For further information on the methodology used to create these statistics, please see the report published alongside the data on

Accuracy and Reliability

These statistics are based on a snapshot of finalised award data, which in turn is based on 100% of tax credit administrative data available for that period, and so they are not subject to sampling error.

For further information on the methodology used to create these statistics, please see the report published alongside the data on

Coherence and Comparability

For comparisons across Great Britain, please refer to the data published for England and Wales on

Accessibility and Clarity

Bespoke analysis of tax credits data is possible although there may be a charge depending on the level of complexity and the resources required to produce. If you would like to discuss your requirements, to comment on the current publications, or for further information about the tax credits statistics please contact


The statistics contained in this publication will be of interest for anyone that is looking for detailed geographical estimates of the number of families receiving Tax Credits. It may be of interest to academics, think-tanks, political parties interested in the twin aims of Tax Credits: eradicating child poverty and improving work incentives. Equally it may be of interest to people considering wider questions on government support systems and/or others designing benefit systems.

Timeliness and Punctuality

The small area data is currently published during summer around one year following completion of the entitlement year in question. The delay in publication is the result of the finalisation process built into the Tax Credits system as well as the time taken to produce and quality assure the statistics. Most families have until July 31st following the end of the entitlement year to renew their award reporting their finalised income for the year in question.


This policy has been developed in accordance with the UK Statistics Authority Code of Practice for Official statistics and Her Majesties Revenue and Customs Revisions Policy. There are two types of revisions:

Scheduled revisions

This requires explanation of the handling of scheduled revisions due to the receipt of updated information in the case of each statistical publication. As this publication is based on finalised awards data, the figures presented in this publication are treated as 'final'.

Unscheduled revision

HMRC aims to avoid the need for unscheduled revisions to publications unless they are absolutely necessary and put systems and processes in place to minimise the number of revisions. Where revisions is necessary due to errors in the statistical process, an explanation along with the nature and extent of revision is also provided. Also, the statistical release and the accompanying tables will be updated and published as soon as is practical.


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Work Status
In Work
Family Type
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Reference Area
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Reference Period
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Tax Credit Type
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Measure Type
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