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Welcome budget boost for mums

Monday, April 15, 2002

Tuesday, 09 April 2002

Helen Jackson MP and Meg Munn MP have welcomed a big financial boost for mums in Sheffield. Mothers and families will feel the benefit of increases to Statutory Maternity Pay, the Sure Start Maternity Grant and the Children’s Tax Credit; commitments made in the 2001 Budget, that come into effect this week.

From April, the Children’s Tax Credit will be increased by a further £10 a week (£520 a year) for families in the year of a child’s birth, to recognise the additional costs of a new child in the first year. This means that it will be worth up to £20 a week (£1040 a year) for 500,000 families.

And mums to be will also receive a cash boost; Statutory Maternity Pay will be increased from the current flat rate of £60.20 per week to £75 per week in April 2002 and £100 per week in April 2003. An extension of the period of maternity pay at this enhanced rate will raise it from the current 18 to 26 weeks from April 2003. All 360,000 mothers getting maternity pay will receive up to £1,200 a year extra in statutory pay.

A further increase in the Sure Start Maternity Grant from £300 to £500 in April 2002 will benefit 215,000 low-income families a year.

Helen commented, "This is great news and the increase will bring noticeable benefits for thousands of families and working mothers." And Meg said "I am delighted at the cash boost that this Government has given to these many families and mums."

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