Child benefit reform: dealing with the deficits to put stable families first

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Centre for Social Justice (Great Britain)
Centre for Social Justice
Date of publication
1 March 2012
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Children and Young People, Families, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This paper supports the principle of ending Child Benefit payments to wealthier families, but it criticises the details of the Government’s muddled and faulty reform proposal. As the current proposal stands, the Government would undermine stable families by hitting couple formation and marriage, and thereby also jeopardising its own positive commitment about shared parenting. The CSJ offers clearer and more credible options for targeting Child Benefit on lower-earning households, including the replacement of universal Child Benefit with a new Child Benefit element of Child Tax Credit.

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