Child Benefit

Treasury written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was at current prices of child benefit in each year since 1996–97; and what percentage of the costs was accounted for by administration in each year.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Paymaster General (HM Treasury)

The following table shows the total expenditure on child benefit for the years 1996–97 to 2004–05.

Total UK expenditure on child benefit: 1996–97 to 2004–05
Expenditure (£ million) Administration cost (pence per £ paid)
1996–97 7,179
1997–98 7,340
1998–99 7,556
1999–2000 8,571
2000–01 8,960
2001–02 9,100
2002–03 9,255
2003–04 9,425 0.64
2004–05 9,592 1.05

Before 2003–04 the Department for Work and Pensions was responsible for child benefit in Great Britain. Comparable figures of administration costs for these years are not available.

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