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Hello, I am Keith, one of the experts on Just Answer, and pleased to be able to help you with your question.
Yes, they can, but whether that is ethical is a moot point and outside the scope of this answer.
You are correct in your surmise regarding tax credits, it is only your income which is taken into account in assessing these benefits, not gifts which need not be declared for either Tax Credits or Income Tax purposes.
I do hope that I have set your mind at rest on this matter..