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Question: Hi I am the Youth Worker at Ernesford and the Young People have some questions for you: One young person was worried about Child Benefits being cut and wanted to know if there was any plans to cut this for all families

Asked by tammyb to Ed, Lynnette, Rae on 14 Oct 2010 in Categories: .

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  • Photo: Rachel LancasterRachel Lancaster answered on 14 Oct 2010:

    The government are reviewing all benefits and want to have one benefit called universal credit, you can read the white paper “21st century welfare” and can comment. At this stage its only a proposal but I’m sure it will effect all benefits – so far child benefit & child tax credit from next april is being cut for those earning over 43k a year


  • Photo: Lynnette KellyLynnette Kelly answered on 14 Oct 2010:

    We don’t know as yet it might be part of the government announcements on October 20th.
    As yet they haven’t said any more than it’s being cut for some people on higher wages, but anything could happen with tis government.


  • Photo: Ed RuaneEd Ruane answered on 14 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.