HC Deb 07 April 1977 vol 929 c634W
Sir B. Rhys Williams

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the net weekly incomes after tax of single men and of married couples with one and two children earning approximately the national average wage in the first quarter of 1977; and what will be their net weekly incomes after tax and child benefit at the same level of earnings in accordance with the initial changes proposed in his Budget.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 5th April 1977; Vol. 929, c. 423], gave the following information:

At 1976–1977 tax rates At 1977–1978* tax rates
£ £
Single man 55.97 56.44
Married couple with one child not over 11 60.35 61.59†
Married couple with two children not over 11 62.99† 64.23†
* After the initial changes proposed in the Budget.
† Includes family allowance for 1976–77 and child benefit for 1977–78.

The estimate of average earnings used is the average at April 1976 of full-time male adult workers in all occupations as shown by the New Earnings Survey, updated to January 1977 by the monthly index of average earnings.

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