§ Ms. Richardson
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security under what conditions child benefit payments are made for children in care; whether he has any plans to alter these arrangements; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
Child benefit usually stops when a child has been in care for eight weeks but it can continue for longer if the child visits the claimant for stays of at least a week at a time; it can also continue if there is an ongoing arrangement that the child lives with the claimant for at least a day every week.
There are no plans to alter these arrangements, apart from some technical amendments to child benefit rules which will be necessary to reflect proposed changes in child care law.