HC Deb 26 July 1990 vol 177 c489W
Mrs. Mahon

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the current real value of child benefit as against the level in April 1987; and what would be the annual cost of restoring child benefit to its April 1987 level(a) assuming a similar increase in child dependancy additions paid with income-related benefits and (b) assuming no other benefit increases.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

The April 1987 rate of child benefit —£7.25—would be worth £8.91 in April 1990 on the basis of the movement in the index of retail prices between those months. The costs of such an increase would be £1,030 million gross and £780 million net.