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Question: Is child benefit being cut for young people over 16?

Asked by ourchoicecanley to Ed, Jim, Lynnette, Rae on 13 Oct 2010 in Categories: .

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  • Photo: Jim O'BoyleJim O'Boyle answered on 13 Oct 2010:

    The government has announced child benefit for people who earn over £44K per annum. Young people over 16 qualify for the benefit providing they are in full time education as far as I understand. It will now depend on what your parents earn but doesn’t take into account overall earnigs between two earners in the hosue which does seem unfair to me. But, that’s the Tories for you!


  • Photo: Lynnette KellyLynnette Kelly answered on 13 Oct 2010:

    I know the government is going to do something to child benefit but the full details haven’t been announced yet. But I wouldn’t be surprised.


  • Photo: Rachel LancasterRachel Lancaster answered on 13 Oct 2010:

    All benefits are under review and will be changed under new government proposals the the white paper entitled “21st century welfare”. They want to introduce a universal credit to replace most benefits. You can feed back your thoughts online to the government just type in “21st century welfare” into your search engine.


  • Photo: Ed RuaneEd Ruane answered on 13 Oct 2010:

    Child Benefit payments usually stop when a child reaches 16. But if the child is staying in education or training then the child benefit can still be claimed for.

    The reason why child benefit has become so topical and made the news recently is because the Government have come up with a crazy idea, where child benefit is being abolished for those whose parents earn over £44,000 a year, so for example if a single mother with 2 children who earns £42,000 then the child benefit will be stopped, however if a married couple where each parent earns £38,000 each and therefore a total joint income of £76,000 a year they are still entitled to child benefit which can’t be fair as single parents will be affected and disadvantaged.