Our Chair, Anna Lines, recently sent this letter to The Telegraph in response to the article on how implementing the Coalition Government’s proposed cuts to Child Benefit will be practically unworkable.
The fault line in the support system for parents with financially dependent children can be traced back to the time when the Child Tax Allowance that co-existed with the Family Allowance were aggregated into Child Benefit.
There were no losers at that point and few recipients saw far enough ahead to realise that they had been sold a pup.
As the current confusion shows, this state handout (as Child Benefit is perceived by many) would eventually do families no favours.
Would it be truly inconceivable to tax families as a unit and to then allow one of the parents to set off Child Tax Allowances against one income?
Mothers at home Matter”