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Poverty: Children

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Annette Brooke Annette Brooke Liberal Democrat, Mid Dorset and North Poole

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish his Department's assessment of the effect on child poverty of his proposal to reduce the additional financial support within child tax credits and income support for families with disabled children in receipt of low and medium rate care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and/or mobility component of DLA.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Under universal credit the cash additions for families with disabled children and the cash additions for adults will be aligned, with the higher rate over £52 a year more than the current rate. The Government will also extend eligibility for the higher rate to children who are severely visually impaired (currently only entitled to the disabled child element). Eligibility for the disabled child additions will, as now, be linked to the rate of disability living allowance they receive. The impact on child poverty of this approach will be included in the next version of the Welfare Reform Bill's impact assessment which we expect to publish before the Lords Committee stage.

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