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CHILD BENEFIT QUARTERLY STATISTICS

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The May 2001 Child Benefit Quarterly Statistics are available from ...
The May 2001 Child Benefit Quarterly Statistics are available from

today. This First Release includes information on numbers of children

and families in Great Britain for whom Child Benefit is paid for the

quarter ending May 2001 and for the previous 4 quarters. Further

information is available by country and individual ages of children.

The main findings are:

At the end of May 2001 there were around 7.07 million families

receiving a payment of Child Benefit and 12.74 million children for

whom a payment of Child Benefit was being made. Both remain broadly

the same as at the same point a year earlier. Child Benefit Caseload:

Families & Children

More than 4 out of 5 families were receiving Child Benefit for either

1 or 2 children. Child Benefit Families by Number of Children (May

2001)

Child Benefit families by number of Thousands

children ( May 2001 ) by country

Great Britain England Scotland Wales Overseas

ALL 7,065.9 6,092.5 604.2 359.0 10.2

Families with:

1 child 3,041.8 2,599.2 281.1 157.2 4.3

2 children 2,790.0 2,413.1 233.6 139.0 4.3

3 children 923.6 804.4 70.6 47.4 1.3

4 children 232.9 205.9 15.1 11.6 *0.3

5 children 55.6 49.7 2.9 3.0 -

6 children 15.0 13.8 0.6 0.5 -

7 children 4.6 4.3 *0.2 *0.1 -

8 children 1.5 1.4 *0.1 *0.1 -

9 children 0.6 *0.5 - - -

10 children *0.1 *0.1 - - -

11 children *0.1 *0.1 - - -

Child Benefit caseload;-Children by Thousands

age and country ( May 2001 )

Great Britain England Scotland Wales Overseas

ALL 12,744.0 11,041.4 1,040.7 643.9 17.9

Age

Under 1 553.4 483.2 43.4 26.4 *0.4

1 654.2 570.6 51.7 30.9 1.0

2 680.5 592.5 53.8 33.2 1.0

3 687.1 598.1 56.0 31.9 1.0

4 707.4 613.7 57.7 34.9 1.0

5 693.2 602.6 55.4 34.2 1.0

6 702.0 606.1 59.4 35.5 1.0

7 732.3 634.9 60.0 36.2 1.2

8 725.2 625.7 62.1 36.3 1.1

9 757.9 652.2 66.2 38.2 1.3

10 759.7 658.1 61.9 38.7 1.0

11 742.2 643.3 60.3 37.4 1.2

12 743.1 640.6 62.5 38.6 1.4

13 750.5 646.3 64.1 38.9 1.1

14 729.7 627.5 63.2 37.9 1.0

15 721.6 616.9 64.7 39.0 1.0

16 649.3 562.7 51.3 34.6 0.6

17 449.9 390.5 35.3 23.8 *0.3

18 304.1 275.0 11.5 17.2 *0.3

19 0.8 0.7 - - -

' * ' Number too small to be statistically reliable.

'-' Nil or negligible.

NOTES

Background to the Child Benefit Scheme

Before April 1977 families with two or more children could get Family

Allowance. From 5 April 1977, Child Benefit replaced Family Allowance

and brought all children into the scheme. Child Benefit is normally

paid for children up to the age of 16. If a child, over 16, is in

full-time non-advanced education (ie up to A-level or NVQ level 3

standard) at a recognised educational establishment, benefit may be

paid for them until they reach 19.

Child Benefit can also be paid for a short period for 16 or 17 year

olds who have just left school and are registered for work or work

based training for young people. From April 2001 Child Benefit is

paid at the rate of£15.50 a week for the first or only child and at

£10.35 a week for all other children.

A higher rate of Child Benefit for the eldest or only child, known as

Child Benefit (Lone Parent) was payable to most people bringing up

children on their own until 6 July 1998. From that date it is only

payable to existing recipients and people in specified circumstances

making new claims. This includes lone parents who were receiving the

lone parent rate of family premium in Income Support or Jobseeker's

Allowance and move into work and lone parents ceasing to receive a

'specified' benefit: Child's Special Allowance for the eldest

dependent child; the higher rate of Industrial Death Benefit for the

child; or an increase for the eldest dependent child with either

Widowed Mother's Allowance, War Widow's Pension, Retirement Pension,

Industrial Disablement Pension (which includes Unemployability

Supplement), or Invalid Care Allowance.

Information source

The source of the data used to derive figures is the Child Benefit

Centre computer system.

Quarterly data are derived from a 5% sample of the Child Benefit

caseload for Great Britain (including those people temporarily

resident overseas up to eight weeks). Limited information is also

available from annual 100% extracts since August 1999.

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