Child benefit rise comes into effect

The increase in child benefit, announced in the last Budget, is coming into effect this week.

The increase in child benefit, announced in the last Budget, is coming into effect this week.

More than half a million families will receive the increased allowance at a cost of £330m.

The Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs Dermot Ahern is announcing an increase of £25 for the first two children in a family.

£30 extra is being provided for third and subsequent children.

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