Child Benefit.

The Two-Child Limit Ignores Need And Drives Up Poverty

Lizzie Flew | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Politics
Lizzie Flew

The 'two child limit' is sending out a message that some children don't deserve the same basic standard of living as other children. There is no greater 'burning injustice' than penalising children for the order of their birth.

The Future of Family Incomes

Sam Royston | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Royston

Official statistics show that 1.7million children live in families that can't afford to heat their home and 300,000 live in families that can't afford to buy them a warm winter coat. The House of Lords has told the Government that money matters to children's lives. The Government must listen and think again about its plans to remove the commitment to measure and report on the number of children living in poverty.

Can You Guess David Cameron's Latest Idea To Tackle Truancy?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics

Parents of children who repeatedly skip school will have their child benefit docked if they refuse to pay up fines, David Cameron has revealed. Th...

Families With Two Children Will Lose Up To £2,000 Of Child Benefit

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Parents

The freeze on child benefit will make families with two or more children £2,000 worse off, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has claimed. In 2016/17...

Axe Child Benefit, Iain Duncan Smith Urges

PA | By David Hughes, Press Association Political Correspondent | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents

Child benefit should be scrapped as part of efforts to cut the amount of the social security budget going to middle-class claimants, a think-tank has ...

This Damaging Lib Dem Leak Proves The Coalition Friendship Is Truly Over

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics

Four years ago it was handshakes, smiles and a new partnership but it now seems like the friendship is well and truly over - and the split has not bee...

Dave's Sorry About Coulson...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron is really very sorry for hiring Andy Coulson as his chief spin doctor at No 10 Downing Street, saying: "It was the wrong decision and I ...

Mothers' Challenge To Benefit Cap

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

Three single mothers and their children are challenging the legality of the Government's flagship "benefit cap" policy in the Court of Appeal. Two ...

The View From Benefits Street

Laurence Stellings | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Laurence Stellings

While few political commentators, bloggers and pundits have yet to offer a view on Channel 4's Benefits Street, a programme dubbed 'poverty porn' by critics, there is one voice largely missing from the debate: that of those receiving benefits across Britain.

Is It Time To Cap Child Benefit To Two Kids?

PA | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Politics

Families would only be able to claim benefits for two children under plans put forward by a member of David Cameron's policy board aimed at cutting bi...

Childcare Costs Are Hitting Living Standards - Here's How a Labour Government Would Help

Jonathan Reynolds | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Reynolds

Monday's announcement that the next Labour Government will commit to extending free nursery hours for three and four year olds, as well as wrap around childcare for primary school children, will make a real difference to ordinary families. Families, like those in my constituency, who are facing a cost of living crisis under David Cameron.

Mehdi Hasan

'Dreadful, Crazy, Disastrous' | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

The decision by Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to reposition Labour's stance on benefits spending has been attacked by leading figures on the left of the pa...

WATCH: David Cameron Accuses Ed Miliband Of Taking 'Policy-Altering Substances'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron accused Ed Miliband of taking "policy-altering substances" at prime minister's questions on Wednesday afternoon, following reports the L...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Now Child Benefit, Too? Really?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 5 June 2013... 1) NOW CHILD BENEFIT, TOO? REALLY? Remember how Labour frontbenchers condemned the c...

Labour Are 'Pulling The Wool' Over Tax Changes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Politics

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has attacked Labour for trying to "pull the wool over people's eyes" about sweeping tax changes that came into effect...

Tax Cut For Rich 'Could Have Funded Child Benefit'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Politics

A tax cut that will give the richest people almost £100,000 a year could have increased child benefit for more than 12 million children, according to...

Nearly 50,000 Children Living Abroad Receive Benefits

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Nearly 50,000 children who live abroad are receiving benefits claimed by immigrant families living in Britain, figures have revealed. Just under 3...

Why Child Benefit Encapsulates Britain's Class War

Jemma Wayne | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

For many families in that 15%, Child Benefit represents the last visible, tangible thing they receive from the state. If they do not send their children to state school, if they use private healthcare, if they pay for their lawyers, drive a car, own their property, and have never claimed welfare, then this may be the only state benefit they have ever received. And put in these terms, they may well feel entitled to it. Of course, it can be argued that they are privileged not to have to rely on state infrastructure not to have to sit on NHS waiting lists or suffer a post-code lottery education.

The Coalition's Childcare Policy Moves in Mysterious Ways

James Plunkett | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Politics
James Plunkett

There may have been few details in Monday's renewal of Coalition vows but one key policy continues to invite debate: the government's plans for childcare. It does now seem clear that the government hopes to use tax relief as its key way of reducing childcare costs.

Sarah Teather To Vote Against Benefit Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics

Former Lib Dem minister Sarah Teather has said she will rebel against the coalition and vote against plans to cut benefit payments. On Tuesday MPs ...

Labour Slam Child Benefit Reforms

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.01.2013 | UK

Up to one million families face having their child benefit clawed back through complicated self-assessment tax returns, Labour warned on Saturday. ...

'Family Friendly' Britain? It's Not Looking That Way in 2013

Caroline Davey | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

While it may seem obvious on many levels that of course the government should take money from higher earners in a difficult economic environment - in particular when one of the other political debates raging at the moment is about introducing real-terms benefit cuts for those on the lowest incomes, a move likely to plunge even more children into poverty - it has always struck me as singularly unfair that the only higher earners being asked to pay more are those with children.

'Nasty Surprise' Looms For Thousands Of Child Benefit Families

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Thousands of families are in for a "nasty surprise" after not being informed of new child benefit rule changes which come into force on Monday. HM ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Child Benefit 'Chaos'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 3rd January 2012... 1) CHILD BENEFIT 'CHAOS' Remember the chancellor's controversial decision to sc...

It's Expensive Being Poor - The Punitive Nature of Poverty

Sean O'Meara | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sean O'Meara

In 1999, T.V Smith, founder of the pioneering punk band The Adverts, sang "And I pay more for my food 'cause the supermarket's too far... It's expensive being poor because everything costs more." He had a point.