U.K. Child-related benefits may be ‘capped’ at two children

October 29, 2012 • Family Planning, Daily Email Recap

Child-related benefits may be ‘capped’ at two children

25 October 2012

See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20077758  

Child-related benefits for families may be capped at two children, the work and pensions secretary has said.

Iain Duncan Smith said stopping the current system, where families get more benefits the more children they have, was among changes being considered.

Families on benefits were often “freed from” the decision of whether they could afford more children, Mr Duncan Smith said, and must “cut their cloth”.

But child poverty campaigners expressed concerns at the proposals.

In a speech in Cambridge, Mr Duncan Smith will ask whether families should be able to expect never-ending amounts of money for every child, when working households have to make tough choices about what they can afford.

Ahead of the speech, he told the BBC that the state would continue to support unemployed people who wanted to have children but had to question whether such support should be “endless”.

See here for the full report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20077758

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