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One-Parent Families

Volume 927: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the benefits which disqualify a lone parent from receiving child benefit increase and list which of these benefits entitle a lone parent to the extra tax relief for widows announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 16th November 1976.

The Child Benefit and Social Security (Fixing and Adjustment of Rates) Regulations 1976, Regulation 2, specifies the benefits which disentitle lone parents from receiving child benefit increase. The following is the list of the benefits involved.There is no title to child benefit increase for any period for which any of the following benefits including an increase for a child is in payment:

  • Widow's allowance.
  • Widowed mother's allowance.
  • Retirement pension.
  • Industrial disablement pension.
  • Invalid care allowance.
  • War widow's pension.

There is no title to child benefit increase for any period for which any of these benefits is in payment:

  • Child's special allowance.
  • Industrial death benefit for a child.
  • Guardian's allowance.
  • Child allowance payable under Section 7 of the Industrial Injuries and Diseases (Old Cases) Act 1975.

The exemption from tax in 1977–78 of £52 of the dependency allowance for each child applies to all of those benefits listed which are taxable.