MP slams plans to cut child benefit

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child benefitsChild benefit gives mums and dads vital support, and without it many would struggle. But now the Government is planning to means test it - an idea which an MP says is "absurd".

As it stands, parents receive £20.30 a week for their first child and £13.40 each for any more. This quickly adds up to significant sums.

However, ministers want to scrap the handout for parents earning over £42,725 a year. They say this would save the Government £2.5 billion a year.

Critics say the plans could hit homes where a lone parent with a good job earns £43,000, while households where two parents each earn just below the threshold might have more than £80,000 in their annual pay packets and still be eligible.

The plan has now been attacked by a Conservative backbencher, Christopher Chope, who claimed the withdrawal would punish hard-working families and abandon the "dearly and long-held principle that we should have a universal benefit for families with children".

Click here to learn more about the Government's child benefit proposals.

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