If Cameron can look again at child benefit for higher rate tax payers, why won't he rethink for other families too? - Cooper

13 January 2012

Yvette CooperYvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Women & Equalities, responding to David Cameron's comments on child benefit, said:

"A rethink is needed on the child benefit plans as we have warned repeatedly of the unfairness and problems with David Cameron's plans.

"But this still won't help hard pressed families on lower and middle incomes who are even more heavily hit by the repeated cuts to tax credits, child care and the freeze in child benefit.

"Tough choices do need to be made to support jobs and growth and to get the deficit down. But this out of touch Government is still taking more from children than from the banks. And IFS figures show the Government is hitting families with children four times harder than the average household.

"A family on £25,000 is set to lose a further £320 this year as a result of George Osborne’s latest plans.

"If David Cameron can look again at child benefit for higher rate tax payers, why won't he rethink for other families too?"