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Child Benefit

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the total amount of child support which will be received by parents in respect of a child in each of the various age brackets (a) when in work, (b) when sick or short-term unemployed and (c) when dependent on supplementary benefit after the changes in child allowances of April 1979 have taken effect.

Following is the information in weekly amounts:

AgeIn work* (a)Sick or short-term unemployed † (b)Dependent on supplementary benefit (c)
Under 54·004·854·40
18 and over4·00 ‡4·85 ‡12·45
* An increase of child benefit of £2 is payable in respect of one child in a one-parent family.
† The rates shown relate to beneficiaries who are either unemployed or sick in the short-term. Higher rates may apply in the case of long-term sickness.
‡ There is an upper age limit of 19 for child benefit and national insurance child dependency increases.