Child Benefits to be re-examined

Published on Friday, 13 January 2012 09:14
Posted by Scott Buckler

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the government is looking at ways to make controversial plans to cut child benefit "fairer"

He spoke as David Cameron also hinted moves to scrap the benefit for families where one parent earns more than about £44,000 a year could be amended.

The PM acknowledged there was an issue with the threshold - amid criticism it unfairly hits single earner families.But Treasury sources said there had been no change in policy.

Critics say the proposals would mean that some parents will lose thousands of pounds if their income rises above the 40% tax threshold - currently about £44,000, but due to fall to about £42,000 in 2013.


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