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Child Benefit

Volume 932: debated on Friday 20 May 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the entire sum saved by abolishing the married man's allowance and replacing it by a single person's allowance were devoted to an increase in child benefit including benefit for the first child of all families, what would be the increase in child benefit per week.

The saving for 1977–78, assuming the full implementation of the Budget proposals, from abolishing the married man's allowance and replacing it by a single person's allowance would be about £1,800 million. This would enable an increase of approximately £3 per week to be made in child benefit for all children.