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Family Allowance/Child Benefit Scheme

Volume 952: debated on Friday 23 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list: (a) the administrative cost of the family allowance/child benefit scheme, (b) the money paid out in child benefit and (c) if he will express the administrative cost as a percentage of the moneys paid out in child benefit.

It is estimated that for 1977–78

  • (a) the administration cost of child benefit was in the region of £40 million;
  • (b) child benefit paid was £875 million; and
  • (c) the administration costs were about 4·6 per cent. of the benefit expenditure.