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Tuesday, 18 October 1983
Page: 1890

Question No. 534

Mr Blanchard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 14 September 1983:

(1) Is the unemployment benefit allowance for those unemployed with children included in taxable income, whereas family income supplements to low income earners is not included as taxable income.

(2) If so, does the Government intend to take appropriate steps to remove this anomaly.

Dr Blewett —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) Yes.

(2) As announced in the 1983-84 Budget, additional unemployment, sickness and special benefit payments for children are to be exempted from taxable income with effect from 1 March 1984. This will bring the taxation treatment of those payments into line with that of family income supplement payments and additional pension payments for children.