Here’s Conservative Party fair play in practice: In the name of “fairness”, the Tories are considering cutting child benefit by up to £2.5 billion a year, meaning parents will be worse-off by £360 annually.
Rich parents would hardly feel the difference but for the poor, it will be a bitter blow.
In the name of “fairness”, then, how will the Conservatives ensure the rich lose a similar proportion of their income?
The Sunday Times reports that Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has ordered civil servants to draw up plans for further cuts to child benefit and housing benefit.
One of the options being considered is limiting child benefit to no more than two children, saving an estimated £1bn a year for the Treasury. The move would affect both working and non-working parents.
Treasury officials are said to prefer a mildly less arbitrary child benefit cap of three children.
Another option being considered is to reduce child benefit for the first child from £20.70 a week to £13.70, saving £2.5bn annually. Affected households would lose £360 a year, reports the Scotsman.
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