§ 38. Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the net increase in child support for the families of persons in receipt of unemployment benefit proposed in the uprating statement made on 11 March.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Child benefit is to rise by 50p a week from £4.75 to £5.25. For those below pensionable age, the child dependency addition to unemployment benefit will be reduced from £1.25 to 80p. For those above pensionable age, it will go up from £7.50 to £7.70. The net increase in child support for unemployment beneficiaries who do not qualify for a supplementary allowance will therefore be 5p for those under pensionable age and 70p for those above that age. For an unemployed person who qualifies for a supplementary allowance, the element for his children will rise as follows:
- Child under 11 year—by 60p from £7.30 to £7.090.
- Child 11–15 years—by £1 from £10.90 to £11.90.
- Child 16–17 years—by £1.20 from £13.10 to £14.30.
- Child 18 years and over—by £1.55 from £17.05 to £18.60.