HC Deb 25 January 1995 vol 253 cc263-4W
Ms Short

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many parents are in receipt of family credit child care disregard;

(2) what proportion of parents who are in receipt of family credit child care disregard receive (a) less than £10 per week, (b) £10 to £20 per week, (c) £20 to £30 per week and (d) more than £30 per week or the best available breakdown of the amount paid.

Mr. Roger Evans

In the three-month period to 31 December 1994, the latest date for which figures are available, 7,180 families received higher family credit awards as a result of the new help with child care charges. The amounts of additional family credit, and the proportion of families receiving these amounts, were as follows:

  1. (a) 35 per cent. received less than £10 a week
  2. (b) 27 per cent. received between £10 and £19.99
  3. (c) 38 per cent. received between £20 to £28.00

The maximum extra help in family credit alone is £28 a week although families may benefit by up to £38.20 a week if they also receive housing benefit and council tax benefit.


Five per cent. sample of family credit awards made between 1 October 1994 and 31 December 1994. The figures do not include claims made by 31 December 1994 but decided after that date.