HC Deb 02 November 1998 vol 318 cc397-8W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what assessment he has made of the impact of non-payment of child benefit to children in residential or foster care. [57636]

Angela Eagle


Child Benefit is paid to a person responsible for a child as a contribution from the State towards the cost of bringing up that child. When a child's accommodation and maintenance is provided by a local authority, to avoid double provision Child Benefit and any linked entitlement to a child dependency addition cease after the first eight weeks. If the child returns home for at least a week, or for two nights a week or more on a regular basis, entitlement is regained.