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Child Benefit

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has for future increases in the level of child benefit. (296784)

Child benefit rates increased ahead of indexation in January this year, rising to £20 a week for the first child. Overall, child benefit has risen 25 per cent. in real terms since 1997. Decisions on child benefit rates are announced in the Budget and Pre-Budget Report.