Press Release

"Claim the tax credits you're due", says Dr Hywel Francis MP

4th April 2008

On Sunday 6 April the rates of tax credits are increased and Dr Hywel Francis MP is encouraging local low-paid workers to claim, even if they don't have children.

The Government has raised the earnings threshold for working tax credit, which means that many more workers in Aberavon could qualify for extra cash.

Dr Hywel Francis said:

"This is good news, so it is important that everyone in Aberavon gets the money they are entitled to. Claiming is easy - you can do it online or over the phone. The main thing is that you do it straight away, as your claim dates from the time that you call or claim online, so the earlier you do this, the more you can claim."

John Hannett, the General Secretary for Usdaw, the shopworkers' union, added:

"Working tax credit has been available to people without children for several years, and Usdaw has helped many of our members in Aberavon to claim. We are pleased that the Government has now extended tax credits to include many shopworkers without children who work a standard week, and may now be able to claim tax credits for the first time.

"I am concerned that 80% of people who qualify for this support are not aware of it. Claiming tax credits means that they will be able to enjoy a better standard of living."

Workers without children can qualify for Working Tax Credit if they:

  • are over 25 years old
  • work at least 30 hours a week
  • are on an income below:
    • £12,740 a year (£245 a week) if single
    • £17,160 a year (£330 a week) joint income if in a couple.

Workers with children can also claim if one parent works for at least 16 hours a week and the household income is less than:

  • £438 a week (£22,800 a year) if you have one child
  • £541 a week (£28,150 a year) if you have two children
  • £644 a week (£33,500 a year) if you have three children.

Dr Hywel Francis added:

"If you think you could qualify, call the helpline straight away on 0845 300 3900 or claim online at"

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