House of Lords written question – answered on 15th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of continuing to pay universal child benefits irrespective of income if the benefit (a) ceased to be payable at age 16, (b) was paid in respect of only two children in any household, and (c) was taxable.

Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government consider a range of options when formulating policy. The Chancellor announced that child benefit will be withdrawn from families containing a higher rate taxpayer from January 2013, as it is not fair for those earning just £15,000 or £30,000 to go on paying the child benefit of those earning £50,000 or £100,000. The Chancellor also announced that no further changes to child benefit are to be made.

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Greg Browne
Posted on 16 Nov 2010 7:36 pm (Report this annotation)

Lord Sassoon has answered the question that he would have liked Lord Stoddart to ask, not the one that he actually asked. This is beginning to sound like the last government that ducked so many important questions.