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.
Although child benefit was increased a few years ago, it has only gone up in line with prices since then. On this sixtieth anniversary of universal benefits for children, it would be a fitting time to increase child benefit and ensure that all children are paid at the same rate. That's why I'm pleased to be backing the Child Poverty Action Group's 'Make Child Benefit Count' campaign.
Kate Green, Chief Executive of CPAG, said:
I'm delighted that Joan Ruddock 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.