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Child Benefit

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on (a) child benefit and (b) child tax credit for 16 to 19-year-olds in full-time education and unwaged work-based learning in 2006-07; and how much is planned to be spent on each in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09, (iii) 2009-10 and (iv) 2010-11. (188043)

The latest information on finalised child tax credit awards is for 2005-06. It is estimated that the entitlement for families with one or more children aged at least 16 at the previous 31 August was about £1.8 billion. This estimate includes entitlement for other children in these families. It also includes families receiving the equivalent level of support via income support or income-based jobseeker's allowance.

In 2006-07, around £1 billion was paid in child benefit to families in respect of children aged at least 16 at the previous August.

Estimates and forecasts for later years are not available.