MORE than 38,900 workers in Kirklees receive tax credits, a survey has revealed.
Figures from general union the GMB showed that Kirklees was fifth in the table of local authorities in Yorkshire for the number of workers receiving Child Tax Credits or Working Tax Credits.
Leeds topped the table with 60,700 workers in receipt of the payments. North Yorkshire was second on 52,000 with Bradford third (47,200) and Sheffield fourth (45,200).
The figures were published as the TUC conference in Brighton demanded a Government amnesty for workers who were wrongly overpaid tax credits - then faced demands for the money back from the Inland Revenue.
The GMB said more than 477,000 workers in Yorkshire received tax credits. The UK total is more than 5m.
Jerry Nelson, GMB regional secretary, said the TUC had welcomed the support the tax credit system had brought to lower-paid families, but said there had been problems administering the scheme.
He said: "We are calling on the Government to bring in an amnesty to end the clawing back of overpayments because this is causing financial hardship to vulnerable people."