HC Deb 02 December 1999 vol 340 c296W
Mr. Rooney

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the estimated value of the notional amount included in family credit to compensate for non-entitlement to free school meals. [101144]

Mr. Bayley

When the Family Credit scheme was introduced in 1988, provision was made to replace the value of entitlement to free school meals (and free milk/vitamins for the under-fives). This was done by adding £2.55 a week to each child credit. The total child credit has since been uprated annually by the Rossi index.

Working Families' Tax Credit was introduced from 5 October 1999. It is more generous than the Family Credit it replaces.

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