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Children Allowances

Volume 236: debated on Tuesday 4 March 1930

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62.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the estimated cost of children's allowances of 5s. per week from birth until school-leaving age for all children whose parents are not chargeable for Income Tax after deducting the amounts that would be saved in payments on account of unemployment and poor relief?

Under the existing law as to the school-leaving age, the cost would be about £130,000,000. Payments in unemployment benefit and Poor Law relief in respect of children vary from time to time with the state of employment, but are insignificant in comparison with this figure.