HC Deb 09 November 2000 vol 356 c339W
34. Fiona Mactaggart

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact his proposals in the pre-Budget statement will have on the incomes of women and children. [135985]

Dawn Primarolo

As a result of personal tax and benefit measures introduced over this Parliament, by April 2001on average, women will be £400 a year better off, compared to £290 a year for all individuals; families with children will be £850 a year better off; a family with two young children on income support will be £1,500 a year better off; a lone parent with two young children in work on £12,500 a year will be £2,600 better off.

Some of the major changes that affect women and children are: the introduction of the Working Families Tax Credit, which is already helping around 1.1 million families; changes to the National Insurance Contributions system which will remove around 750,000 women and 250,000 men from NICs liability by 2001–02; a 26 per cent. real terms increase in Child Benefit over the Parliament.