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AP: The UK Cuts Child Benefit Payments!

From an outraged Associated Press:

UK cuts child benefit payments in austerity drive

October 4, 2010

LONDON — Britain will cap payments to jobless families and scrap child benefits for high earners in a sweeping overhaul of the country’s welfare system, Treasury chief George Osborne said Monday.

Osborne, who is seeking to save about 86 billion pounds ($135 billion) in government spending over the next five years, said the cost of welfare payments was out of control — and rewarding some people for staying out of work.

What kind of crazy talk is that?

At an annual rally of his Conservative Party, Osborne said Britain’s coalition government would introduce a new welfare cap to make sure families in which both parents are unemployed do not receive more in benefits than an average family earn in wages.

Outrageous. Just imagine if the ‘poor people’ in our country had to struggle along on what the average working family makes.

Osborne also announced parents who earn more than 44,000 pounds ($70,000) per year will lose child benefit payments from 2013. Currently, all families are paid 20 pounds ($32) a week for their eldest child and about 13 pounds ($20) for other children. The benefits continue until the children are 19, if they stay in full-time education

How draconian. These are payments for "children"! Is nothing sacred? How can anyone afford a child on a measly $70,000 a year without government support?

Of course the amazing is that this was even going on in the first place – and apparently for years.

Since the coalition took office in May, Osborne has already announced a multibillion pound package of spending reductions and tax hikes, including a two-year pay freeze for most public sector workers, a new levy on banks and a rise in a tax on goods and services.

He will set out detailed plans for spending cuts over the next five years in an address to Parliament on Oct. 20, aiming to all but clear Britain’s deficit by 2015

Did you ever think you would see the day when Britain has a more conservative government than the US?

On Sunday, about 7,000 labor union members — including teachers and health service workers — staged a march outside the Conservative convention, to protest at planned spending cuts. Labor unions plan further protests to coincide with Osborne’s announcement to Parliament…


"Britain has no divine right to be one of the richest countries in the world. As economic power is shifting to the east, there is nothing automatic about our prosperity," he told the rally. "If our skill base continues to decline, there will be no growth. If our infrastructure remains poor, there will be no growth."

Someone needs to tell Mr. Obama that America’s golden goose is not immortal either.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AP: The UK Cuts Child Benefit Payments!”

  1. proreason says:

    It is inevitable that Europe will turn to sanity as a solution to its problems.

    The real question is whether or not it’s too late to save the treasures of Western Civilization.

    No matter what happens, the outcome is going to be horrific for millions of people.

  2. Petronius says:

    SG : “… amazing that this was even going on in the first place –– and apparently for years.”

    You are correct in this (as always). It has been going on for almost 65 years.

    The child benefit payments were introduced after World War II by the Family Allowances Act of 1945, a product of Clement Attlee’s Labour government. The first payments were made beginning in 1946.

    Mrs Petronius (who is now in her prime) remembers her parents receiving these payments on her behalf when she was a child.

    “Are the citizens of London to be drawn from their allegiance, by feeding them at the expence of their fellow-subjects?” asked Edmund Burke, “Reflections on the Revolution in France” (1790).

    Regrettably the answer to Burke’s question is, Yes.

  3. Exador says:

    Don’t be too quick to laugh at Britain’s welfare. At $32/week, that comes out to $1664/year. But the other brats are only $20/wk, or $1040/yr.
    In the US, you get $1000/child “child tax credit”, whether you pay taxes or not, for as many brats as you can spit out.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:


      One big difference though is that in the case of a tax credit the money is yours in the first place. You’re correct regarding the non-taxpayers.

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