Saturday, 14 January 2012

Child benefit cuts - the frog in cold water

The theory goes like this:

You throw a frog into a pot of hot water, and the frog will jump straight back out again. Throw the frog into a pot of cold water and it will swim around contentedly, not realising that the water is getting hotter and hotter.

So imagine the outcry if the government announced it was abolishing child benefit.

Instead, they will abolish it for high earners.

Makes sense doesn't it? If someone is earning £1,000 a week, why would they need £20 child allowance?

It will make it more complicated to administer now of course. People will have to assess the income levels of claimants, instead of everyone with a child being eligible. I don't know how much extra this will cost, but more importantly, a principle is being established here.

And a year down the line, it will be people earning £500 a week that will no longer be eligible. And peope earning £200 a week the year after that.

Feeling the heat yet?

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