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Family Income

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for each year since 1945–46, including 1980–81, assuming the changes announced in the Budget, at constant prices, the tax-free income, including, where relevant, child benefit, of: a single person, a childless couple, a couple with one child aged

TAX FREE INCOME AT 1945–46 PRICES
YearSingleMarriedMarried 1 child aged under 11Married, 2 children aged under 11Married, 2 children, 1 under 11, 1 aged 11–16Married, 4 children, 2 under 11, 2 aged 11–16
££££££
1945–4690157212268268379
1946–47126205261317317428
1947–48125202268334334466
1948–49124199264328328458
1949–50123196259322322447
1950–51118188248308308429
1951–52109183248313313443
1952–53115197275352352507
1953–54113194270347347498
1954–55111190264339339488
1955–56125210294379379548
1956–57121203283365365527
1957–58117196275354373550
1958–59116194271349368543
1959–60116194271349368543
1960–61114191267343362534
1961–62116189262336354519
1962–63112183253324341500
1963–64154238318397415592
1964–65148229305382399569
1965–66140216290363379541
1966–67135209280350366522
1967–68132204273343357511
1968–69125193259304318422
1969–70138203266305318411
1970–71164235293330342429
1971–72150215287339351466
1972–73198259326375385494
1973–74181235296339349445
1974–75161223285333342448
1975–76140197247286293378
1976–77132195248293299395
1977–78149229268307313396
1978–79143223257291296369
1979–80145226252277277329
1980–81147229253276276324
The price index used in the General Index of Retail Prices—all items—and the index given in Table 2 of the publication "The Internal Purchasing Power of the Pound", issued by the Central Statistical Office, with an estimate for 1945–46. The indices refer to financial years except for 1979–80, for which the October 1979 figure has been used, and 1980–81, for which a figure 161 per cent. higher than October 1979 has been used. 16½ per cent. is the forecast change in the RPI between fourth quarter 1979 and fourth quarter 1980. The tax-free incomes

under 11 years, a couple with two children aged under 11 years, a couple with one child aged under and one over 11 years and a couple with four children, two aged under and two aged over 11 years.

[pursuant to his reply, 14 April 1980]: The figures are as follows:for 1977–78 to 1980–81 include child benefit in the incomes of married couples where appropriate. For earlier years, they take account of earned income relief and family allowance deduction—clawback—where appropriate. The tax-free income is therefore the amount of income, including child benefit or family allowance, which can be received before liability to tax arises. The comparison over the years since 1976–77 for families is affected by the replacement of child tax allowances and family allowance by child benefit.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update to 1980–81 the figures he gave in the Official Report, 22nd January, c. 177–8, in the light of the changes announced in the Budget.

[pursuant to his reply, 14 April 1980]: I regret that figures of average earnings in 1980–81 on the same basis as in the previous answer will not be available until early next year.