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Child Benefit

Volume 12: debated on Monday 9 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether his Department has made a more recent estimate of the likely savings resulting from the introduction of four-weekly child benefit than that given in his statement of 12 May 1981; and, if he has done so, what is this estimate.

We have no more up-to-date information about likely savings than that given in my right hon. Friend's statement on 12 May 1981. [Vol. 4, c. 618–27.]

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the latest figures of the proportions of mothers cashing their child benefit every week, two weeks, three weeks, and four weeks or more.

It is estimated that in June 1981 about 50 per cent. of mothers were cashing their child benefit weekly, 19 per cent. two-weekly, 7 per cent. three-weekly and 23 per cent. every four weeks or more.