two kids

  sunnystaines 15:36 18 Oct 10

with all the talk on child benefits, has anyone thought about limiting it the the first two children only.

that would make big savings and stop the single mums having loads of kids to up the benefits.

  jakimo 15:40 18 Oct 10

nothing wrong with your suggestion in principle,but just think of the backlash

  Kevscar1 15:44 18 Oct 10

only from those churning out kids to get benefits.

  shellship 15:47 18 Oct 10

That is too bright a suggestion for our lords and masters to consider. Perhaps they have and Human Rights would stop it.

More kids=loads of dosh!

  wiz-king 15:57 18 Oct 10

I have in the past suggested the 'three strikes and your out' system for it but it was not well received in my local pub.

  john bunyan 16:03 18 Oct 10

I heard an even harsher suggestion - if after 2 kids you cannot afford more without State help, they should be sent for adoption rather than the state paying. This is not, not, my view, but a hard liner I know expressed it as a deterrent to the type of parent refered to by Kevescar

  spuds 17:53 18 Oct 10

Adoption would equal more revenue being spent in the wrong direction. As an example, look at what it is suppose to cost to house a young offender per week, or even a person in other forms of institutions.

Child benefits were brought in to help families in the times of national need, but now there are ways to self support if you have the inclination to do so. The people who are the biggest offender's are those that have never considered supporting themselves or their future offspring, and have perhaps been educated that way, both by their own family or the state. Perhaps now is the time for compulsory re-education?.

  lotvic 17:57 18 Oct 10

What if you have triplets? .....eenie meenie miny moe?

  grey george 21:40 18 Oct 10

Just stop paying people to produce children. A fixed rate of benefit regardless of circumstance. No jumping up the housing ladder because you have children. Want to smoke, have sky tv, several dogs or other luxury's: work for it. Unless your a government buying votes.

  gaucho. 22:29 18 Oct 10

"and stop the single mums having loads of kids to up the benefits"

No it would not.
Child benefit is a deductible income source. If someone gets an entitlement of £100 a week on income support, the child benefit is classed as income and is deducted from that £100. So a single mother would get £80 income support plus the £20 child benefit.

If you stopped child benefit 100%. The state would pay her £100 in income support.

So to those who receive income support, child benefit does not matter. What they may loose on the swings, they claw back through income support.

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