Monday, 4 October 2010

Why The Coalition's Benefit Cut Plans Are Unfair

The Chancellor, George Osborne has announced that Child Benefit will no longer be paid to families where one parent is earning £44,000 or more.

This is an inherently unfair change, because if both parents' combined earnings are more than this, they will not be affected.

My view is that universal benefits should not be touched at all, but if the Coalition was going to reduce Child Benefit, then they should have made the threshold much higher and applied the cut in payments only to those parents earning more than £60000. 

This measure will hit middle-income families very hard and will cost the Conservatives a lot of support.  And it will not please many Liberal Democrats, who passed a motion at their Conference arguing against any cuts to Child Benefit.

With more cuts on the way, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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