More benefit for children

Money paid to parents to support their children will no longer be taken into account when calculating benefit entitlement, the Government announced yesterday.

This effectively means that more cash will be available for supporting the child. From April, income from child maintenance payments will be completely disregarded from benefit calculations.

Currently, parents are allowed to keep the first £20 of child maintenance per week before their benefits are reduced. Once the full disregard is introduced, the income from child maintenance will not affect benefits at all.

The disregard and earlier changes to child maintenance are expected to lift 100,000 more children out of poverty.

For advice on welfare benefits and tax credits, contact Community Legal Advice on 0845 345 4 345.

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