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Family Fund: Eligibility

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will increase the age limit for recipients of Family Fund grants to enable those between 16 and 18-years-old to qualify; and if he will make a statement. (171230)

As part of the Children's Plan published on 11 December, the Secretary of State announced an additional £8.4 million over the next three years to allow the Family Fund Trust to increase the eligibility age from 16 to 18 in England.

The Department already provides £22.8 million annually to the Family Fund, allowing the fund to distribute 38,857 grants in England in 2006-07, averaging £549 per grant. The additional £8.4 million is equivalent to around 16,000 grants for families with 16 and 17-year-old disabled young people over the next three years.

This renews our commitment to providing low income families with a tailored package of support and is all part of the philosophy of the Children's Plan and part of our drive to end child poverty.