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Family Allowances

Volume 486: debated on Monday 9 April 1951

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asked the Minister of National Insurance whether she will give consideration to the possibility of amending the provision of the Children's Act, 1948, to enable the State children's allowance in respect of a child maintained in and by a children's home to be paid direct to that home; and whether she will also amend that regulation which enables the State to suspend payment of the weekly allowance if the parent or guardian fails to maintain contributions of 5s. weekly or more to such a home, and thus deprives the charity of this support.

No. The object of providing weekly cash allowances under the Family Allowances Act, 1945, is to help the family with young children. I cannot agree that parents should continue to receive a family allowance for a child living in an institution towards whose support they are not paying at least 5s. a week.