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Child Benefit

Volume 19: debated on Monday 1 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report the instructions to local offices concerning cases in which payment of child benefit four-weekly in arrears causes hardship.

No. It is not the normal practice to publish local office instructions. But the intention is that claims for weekly payment of child benefit will be granted provided the payee has tried four-weekly payment and there is no reason to doubt that this is causing hardship.