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Child Benefit

Asked if the Prime Minister had any comment for the millions of middle class families who would lose money on the new proposal, the PMS replied that the Chancellor had set out the position this morning. The PMS said that we had to reflect the financial situation that we faced and our intention was to do that in a way that was fair. As the Chancellor had said this morning, it was difficult to justify taxing someone who was earning 20,000 a year to benefit someone who was on 50,000 a year.

Put that this was just going to hit middle class families, the PMS replied that there were a number of welfare reforms announced in the Budget and there were more to come in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Put that the Prime Minister had said he would not touch child benefit, the PMS said the point remained the same; we faced a very difficult financial situation and a record deficit that needed to be tackled. Bringing down welfare expenditure was part of the answer and we needed to do that in a way that was fair.

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  1. This isn’t fair! Fair would be to make it means tested. How can a single parent earning

    Comment by Malcolm Atkinson — 5 Oct 2010 on 9:01 pm | Link

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