HC Deb 07 February 1977 vol 925 c575W
Mr. Patrick Jenkin

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why he is proposing to reduce the FIS income level for second and subsequent children by £1 instead of £1.50 on the introduction of child benefit in view of the fact that this increases rather than reduces dependence on means-tested benefits and widens the poverty trap.

Mr. Ennals

Because £1 is the minimum reduction, consistent with a rounded basic prescribed amount, which ensures that no family loses. As such the effects on the poverty trap are minimal.

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