Press Release: Make
Child Benefit Count!
I issued the following press release on 7 August 2006:
BIRMINGHAM SELLY OAK MP
CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OF SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN
Lynne Jones MP today
joined a leading charity in celebrating 60 years of support for children. The Birmingham
Selly Oak MP and the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) are marking the anniversary of
child benefit, and its predecessor family allowances, which were first paid in August
10,125 families in the
Birmingham Selly Oak constituency currently receive child benefit, to help meet the costs
of bringing up 18,825 children.
Lynne Jones is also
backing the charitys Make Child Benefit Count campaign which calls for an increase
in child benefit so that all children are paid the same amount.
At the moment, child
benefit is worth £17.45 per week for the first child, but just £11.70 per week for
second and subsequent children, so the move would help 5,715 families in the Birmingham
Selly Oak constituency. Lynne Jones MP is urging constituents to support the campaign by
logging on to www.makechildbenefitcount.org.
Lynne Jones MP said:
Family allowances were introduced sixty years ago to help parents meet the costs of
bringing up their children and thousands of families in my constituency continue to value
the support that child benefit brings them. I remember how important family
allowance was to my own mother when I was brought up in the fifties and sixties and today
mothers value child benefit as the one benefit that they can completely rely on.
Government increased child benefit a few years ago, it has only gone up in line with
prices since then. The sixtieth anniversary of universal benefits for children would be a
fitting time to increase child benefit and ensure that all children are paid at the same
rate. Thats why Im pleased to be backing the Child Poverty Action Groups
Make Child Benefit Count campaign.
Kate Green, Chief
Executive of CPAG, said: Im delighted that Lynne Jones is supporting our
campaign. Increasing child benefit and ensuring that younger children get the same rate as
the oldest child would help support larger families, which is vital if child poverty is to
be ended once and for all.