Revealed: The UK regions that claim the most tax credits

In April 2011, 3.3 million working, working-age households were in receipt of tax credits over and above those just receiving the family element of Child Tax Credit. This figure represents around 17 per cent of all working-age households.

But, where do most tax credit claimants live? We look at figures which reveal the UK locations that claim the most and least tax credits.

A north/south tax credit divide?

HMRC figures from April 2011 show that the proportion of working age households that are in receipt of tax credits is significantly different in the north and the south of the UK.

Northern Ireland has most tax credit claimants with 21.2 per cent of working age households receiving tax credits over and above the family element. And, over a fifth of working age households claim tax credits in the North West, the North East and the Yorkshire/Humber area.

Bottom of the list is the South East where just 13.8 per cent of working age households claim tax credits. Just 14.4 per cent of working families in London claim the benefits and 15 per cent of the East.

The red area on the map below show the areas in which the highest proportion of working age households claiming tax credits live, while the dark green areas show where the fewest claimants reside.

UK tax credits map

Overall, the proportion of working-age households who are in receipt of tax credits in London and the South East is less than elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Around 14 per cent of all working-age households claim in these areas compared to an average of 19 per cent elsewhere.

Do you live in an area where a high proportion of working households claim tax credits? Or are you in an area where few people receive the benefits? Share your comments below.

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