Cameron & Osborne failed to think through child benefit changes - McKinnell

3 January 2013

Catherine McKinnell 2Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour's shadow exchequer secretary to the Treasury, commenting on reports that around 300,000 people have not been informed by HMRC that they will lose child benefit next week, said:

"David Cameron and George Osborne have failed to think through this policy or how it will work in practice. There could be a nasty surprise in store for thousands of parents if they are not aware of the changes and have to pay back thousands of pounds in child benefit at the end of the year.
 
"This policy not only risks being a costly administrative nightmare, it's also unfair. It's totally perverse that single earner families on £50,000 will see their child benefit cut while some couples earning as much as £100,000 keep all of theirs and those on over £150,000 get a big tax cut this year."