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Knowledge Analysis & Intelligence 

 
 
 
 
 
100 Parliament Street 
Westminster 
London  
SW1A 2BQ 
 
Ian Tyes 
 
([FOI #8904 email]) 
 
 
Tel 
0207 147 0646 
 
 
Fax 
0207 147 0227 
 
 
 
Email [email address] 
 
 
 
 
Date 
17 March 2009 
www.hmrc.gov.uk 
 
Our Ref 
FOI 1267/09  
 
 
Your Ref 
           
 
 
 
 
________ 
 
 
Dear Mr Tyes 
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – CHILD BENEFIT CLAIMANTS 
 
I refer to your email request of 07 March 2009 under the above legislation, for 
information about Child Benefit claimants. You have asked us to confirm the: 
a)  percentage take up of Child Benefit as at the latest date for which figures are 
available; 
b)  percentage of current claims of Child Benefit paid to mothers, fathers and to 
more than one person; and, 
c)  breakdown of Child Benefit to first and subsequent children, and by the 
number of families, if possible. 
 
The response to your request is provided below. Where information is reasonably 
available to you by other means, it is exempt from disclosure because of the 
exemption in Section 21, Freedom of Information Act 2000. Where I apply that 
exemption, I have indicated where the published information can be found. 
 
a)  Take up of Child Benefit 
Information on the percentage take up rate of Child Benefit is available on page 19 
of the “HMRC Autumn Performance Report 2008”, which is available on the HMRC 
website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/about/reports.htm. For 2006-07, the take-up rate 
was 96%. 
 
Information is available in large print, audio tape and Braille formats. 
Type Talk service prefix number – 18001 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
b)  Child Benefit paid to mothers, fathers and to more than one person 
HMRC does not hold information on the percentage of current claims of Child Benefit 
paid to mothers and fathers as the relationship between a child and the person 
receiving Child Benefit in respect of that child does not affect the status of awards. 
However, the gender of applicants is recorded at the time they apply for Child 
Benefit.  Based on this initial information, we estimate that the proportion of males in 
receipt of Child Benefit as at August 2007 was around 7%. It is likely that most of 
these are fathers. 
 
Child Benefit is paid to only one person at a time therefore it is not legally possible 
for more than one person to claim Child Benefit in respect of the same child. 
 
c)  Child Benefit to first and subsequent children by number of families 
Information on the breakdown of Child Benefit awards by the number of children is 
available in Table 2 of the latest quarterly publication, “Child Benefit Statistics, 
August 2007” which is available at (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/child_benefit/aug-
07.pdf). This publication shows that there were 13.3m children included in Child 
Benefit awards, of which 7.5m of them were classified as the eldest child and the 
remainder (5.8m) classified as subsequent children. 
 
An indication of the value of Child Benefit awards can be derived by multiplying 
these estimates by the weekly Child Benefit rates available in Appendix B of the 
publication. 
 
Should you have queries about this letter, please contact me at the address given 
above. Please remember to quote the reference number in this letter in any future 
communication. 
 
If you are not happy with this reply you may request a review by writing to HMRC 
FOI Team, Room 4/52, 100 Parliament Street London SW1A 2BQ. You must 
request a review within 2 months of the date of this letter. It would assist our review if 
you set out which aspects of the reply concern you and why you are dissatisfied. 
 
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to 
the Information Commissioner for a decision. He can be contacted at The 
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, 
Cheshire SK9 5AF. You should be aware that, generally, the Information 
Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints 
procedure provided by the Department. 
 
Yours sincerely 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Althea White 
 
HM Revenue & Customs 
Room 2E/07 
100 Parliament Street 
London SW1A 2BQ 
Tel: 0207 147 0646 
Email: [email address]