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One-Parent Families (Christmas Bonus)

Volume 974: debated on Monday 19 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in view of the high cost of children's toys, he will seek power to extend the pensioners' Christmas bonus to one-parent families.

No. The groups to whom the bonus is paid, which are the same as in the last year of the previous Administration, seem to be about right. One-parent families will, however, be helped by last week's uprating of social security benefits. The total paid to these families will now be running at a level of about £1,100 million a year.