HC Deb 05 May 1964 vol 694 c136W
13. Mr. Leavey

asked the Secretary to the Treasury at what average level of before-tax weekly income a representative family of a father, mother and two children of school age pays in taxation approximately the same, by value, as such a family receives by way of welfare and other State services.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

My hon. Friend will probably have seen the article on this subject published in the February issue ofEconomic Trends. On the basis of some rough adjustments to the figures quoted in the article to allow for the additional benefits from State education etc., but without allowing for any other differences between the sample families in the Family Expenditure Survey and the generality of families with two adults and two children, it appears that the break-even level of income in 1962 for families containing two adults and two children between the ages of 5 and 16 may have been in the range of £1,000–£1,100 a year.