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Working Lunch Friday, 7 March, 2003, 11:13 GMT
Register for tax, mums told
Many mothers have still not registered for the new child tax credit, which starts in April.

The government has launched a campaign, fronted by Gaby Roslin, to persuade them to act quickly to ensure they get the money they're entitled to.

Up to 2bn is being transferred from men to be paid directly to women.

"Apply as quickly as you can," Treasury minister Dawn Primarolo told Working Lunch.



"We've been trying to do this since last August because if we get your application two days before we're due to start paying we can't do it on time.

"You will still get it, but you might not get it at the beginning of April."

People can apply:

  • Online at
  • Through the helpline - 0845 300 3900 (0845 603 2000 for Northern Ireland)
  • If you've received a form to your home, fill it in and return it. You can get a form by calling 0800 500 222.

    Reminders

    The reminders have been sent out later than the government has anticipated, and Ms Primarolo also accepted that some people had experienced difficulties getting through on the website or phonelines.

    Gaby Roslin
    Gaby Roslin: Fronting campaign
    But she urged them to keep trying.

    "Don't give up because it's money with your name on it," she said.

    People who are on income support should get the new credit automatically.

    The scheme is designed to give the money directly to the person responsible for caring for the children.

    "Nine out of 10 families are going to be given the same or more," said Ms Primarolo.

    But there is a ceiling of 55,000 - families earning more do not qualify.

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