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Child Benefit

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing the combined value of child tax allowance after clawback and family allowance or child benefit for families at (a)half average earnings, (b) average earnings, (c) twice average earnings, and (d) five times' average earnings in the years 1957, 1965, 1975, 1985 and the latest date available.

The information is as follows:

Child support1for families with two children aged 11 or under, at April 19872values
April 1957April 1965April 1975November 1985April 1987
Families on:£££££
1/2average earnings3·463·8512·0114·8614·50
average earnings11·0913·0712·0114·8614·50
2x average earnings16·4614·4412·0114·8614·50
5x average earnings16·4614·4412·0114·8614·50
1 The combined value of child tax allowance after clawback, and Family Allowance/Child Benefit.
2 Based on the movement in the General Index of Retail Prices at April 1987.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the cost in 1987–88 and 1988–89 of a 50p increase in child benefit assuming (a) corresponding increases in supplementary benefit or income support rate and (b) no correponding increases in supplementary benefit or income support rates.

The cost of the increase in 1987–88 would have been (a) £300 million and (b) £240 million. In 1988–89 the cost would be (a) £270 million and (b) £210 million.