The Conservatives look set to announce plans to means test child benefit under a total reform of the welfare system - the biggest in 60 years.
Around two million middle-class families could lose their child benefit if the plans go ahead.
Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said the current handouts which make up a variety of benefits could be replaced with a single 'Universal Credit'.
Speaking on the first day of Conservative party conference in Birmingham, Mr Duncan Smith condemned Labour for allowing the welfare state to support those in well-paid employment, saying: 'Under the last government, the whole benefit net rose up the income scale dramatically, where you had people on over £50,000 who were eligible for some form of benefit. I think that is completely bonkers.'
It is believed that Mr Duncan Smith clashed repeatedly with the chancellor, George Osborne, as they attempted to reach a deal on benefit reform. If it goes ahead, the abolition of child benefit could see middle class families losing around £1,055 a year.
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Should child benefit be abolished for those in a certain income bracket?
Or does it provide an essential safety net for children?
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