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Child Benefit

Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the value of the £1·50 child benefit for April and November 1977, at April 1975 prices.

On the basis of the past and forecast movement in the General Index of Retail Prices the value of the £1·50 child benefit in April 1975 prices was £1·07 in April 1977 and in November 1977 will be £1·03.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the real value of the £1 child benefit compared with its value when it was first announced.

The £1 child benefit was announced in May 1976. On the basis of the movement in the General Index of Retail Prices this was worth 86p in real terms in April 1977.