Child Trust Fund to be cut

The government has outlined plans to make changes to the Child Trust Fund as part of plans to cut £6 billion in expenditure.

The government intends to introduce secondary legislation to scale back government payments due to Child Trust Funds from 1 August 2010. From that date, payments at birth will be reduced from £250 to £50 for better off families, and £500 to £100 for lower income families; and payments at age 7 stopped. The government intends to introduce primary legislation to stop all payments from 1 January 2011. Additional contributions for disabled children will be paid this year. From 2011/12 the money used for these additional contributions will be redirected to respite care for disabled children.