Child Benefit

Treasury written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander Liberal Democrat, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of child benefit for the first child was as a proportion of average earnings in each year since 1997.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

The value of child benefit for the first child as a proportion of employee median earnings is shown in the following table.

Child benefit first child rate (£) All employee median weekly earnings (£) Proportion (Percentage)
1997-98 11.05 327.7 3.4
1998-99 11.45 340.2 3.4
1999-2000 14.40 352.3 4.1
2000-01 15.00 367.5 4.1
2001-02 15.50 383.4 4.0
2002-03 15.75 397.5 4.0
2003-04 16.05 411.8 3.9
2004-05 16.50 425.4 3.9
2005-06 17.00 443.2 3.8
2006-07 17.45 463.2 3.8
2007-08 18.10 480.8 3.8

Child benefit first child rate will increase to £20 per week in April 2009.

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