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DWP Report: Comparison of Child Benefit Packages

1. General description

    The report on Child Benefit Packages provided by the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) provides comparative information on child benefit packages across 22 countries. The report offers statistical and policy information on issues such as childcare costs, health costs and social assistance. Furthermore, it presents country profiles, which give an overview of child benefit packages for each participating country.

    Here we focus on indicators and statistical data. For information on policy data see the DWP comparison of child benefit packages in the subcategories Income and Benefits, Social Care and Families in our category 'Policies and Institutions'.

2. Main topics

  • Average marginal tax rates and replacement rates
  • Childcare and education costs
  • Explanations for variations in the level of the child benefit package: e.g. child benefit package by GDP, by social expenditure and average earnings
  • Health costs
  • Housing costs, housing subsidies and local taxes
  • Income tax, social security contributions and cash benefits for families in employment
  • Social assistance: e.g. proportion of lone parents and couples with children receiving social assistance, level of social assistance
  • Structure and level of the child benefit package
  • The demographical and labour market context: e.g. workless lone parent and couple households with dependent children, gender wage gap, minimum wages

3. Data

  • Quantitative, quantified qualitative and qualitative data
  • Macro-level data
  • Data cover the year 2001

4. Countries covered

  • EU-15 and Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, USA
  • All countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA

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7. Additional information

    Bibliographical reference
    Bradshaw, J. & Finch, N. (2002). 'A comparison of child benefit packages in 22 countries', Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), London