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Guess which party is intent on slashing child benefit

Yes, it is the Labour party. I will concede that this is a bit of an old story, in that it broke on Tuesday, but I've only just seen it. ePolitix notes:
"Work and pensions secretary John Hutton used a speech on child poverty on Tuesday to encourage more single parents into jobs instead of relying on benefits. It is thought ministers want to make the cut-off point for child benefits 11 rather than the present age, 16 for the youngest child".

Imagine, if you will, quite what the reaction to this kite flying exercise would be if it had been made by another party. Hutton couches it thus: "If we are to eradicate child poverty, then I believe we will also need to go further in challenging existing assumptions about who - and at what point - someone should be in work".

I have failed to find a figure for how much goes on child benefit at the moment, but it is safe to say the number must have a lot of noughts on the end.
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Blogger Praguetory said... 2:11 pm

A good example of why the Tories need to do more than simply win power to change the country for the better.  



Anonymous Voyager said... 5:36 pm

This is nothing at all to do with Child Benefit which is a universal benefit but everything to do with Incapacity Benefit and Tax Credits for Non-Working families.

Child Benefit s completely different  



Blogger dizzy said... 6:06 pm

Whilst the correction is fair, it doesn't actually disprove the point regarding what the reaction would be if another party said it.  



Blogger CityUnslicker said... 9:31 pm

we had a long debate about it as Newman's.

More to the point though. Labour are alienating their own core voters and party though; this can only be good news for everyone else in the UK though.  



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