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    Now that IDS is back there is serious consideration of abolishing child benefit after two children, why don't we just gradually decrease the amount paid per child instead of completely abolishing it?
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    (Original post by whorace)
    Now that IDS is back there is serious consideration of abolishing child benefit after two children, why don't we just gradually decrease the amount paid per child instead of completely abolishing it?
    Why not abolish it?

    Do you understand that this would be phased in? If you have four kids now you'll continue to get paid it. It'll be te people who have more than two in the future that will get impacted by it.
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    (Original post by MatureStudent36)
    Why not abolish it?

    Do you understand that this would be phased in? If you have four kids now you'll continue to get paid it. It'll be te people who have more than two in the future that will get impacted by it.
    It assumes these people are rational in the firs place and they will just suddenly stop after having two... I think a system where the income is gradually decreased until it is abolished after 3 or so would be more effective in the interests of the child.
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    (Original post by whorace)
    It assumes these people are rational in the firs place and they will just suddenly stop after having two... I think a system where the income is gradually decreased until it is abolished after 3 or so would be more effective in the interests of the child.
    Complex to introduce.
    You need to factor in things like step kids.

    I do agree with a cap, but think it would be better set at four
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    The problem with child benefit at the moment is that it doesn't actually encourage what we really need to be encouraging, which is family life and the education of children, but rather makes single parent families much easier to sustain which is contary to what is in the interests of children.
 
 
 
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