To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of likely expenditure on child benefit in each year until 2012.
The projected annual expenditure on child benefit is shown in the following table:
|Expenditure (£ million)|
These projections are based on indexation of the current first and subsequent child rates of child benefit in line with prices, and projections of the number of children in the UK from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It also takes into account the Budget 2008 measure of increasing the first child rate to £20.
Retail Price Index assumptions may be found in Table C3: Economic assumptions for the public finance projections in Budget 2008:
ONS population projections may be found at:
The projections are not a statement of Government policy in relation to financial support for children, and the Government remains committed to meeting its targets to halve child poverty by 2010-11 and eradicate it by 2020-21.