Budget 2010: child tax credits to rise

The Government has announced plans to increase child tax credits by £4 a week for parents of one- and two-year -olds from 2012 in the budget.Chancellor Alastair Darling said, ‘We are proud of our achievements in helping families and tackling child poverty. Pre-school children are benefitting from a massive expansion in childcare places and I now want to do more to help parents of one and two year olds, by increasing child tax credits by £4 from 2010.’

The Chancellor reassured families that child tax credits will be available for all children who need it, whether parents are married, living together or apart. He also said that spending on Sure Start children’s centres would rise in line with inflation

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