06/10/2010 06:53 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Child Benefit Cuts - Outrage From Middle Classes

Thousands of middle class families have flooded internet message boards with complaints about plans to strip child benefits from higher income workers.

Chancellor George Osborne's proposals to stop the payment for higher-rate taxpayers from 2013 has caused outrage with many families claiming they would not be able to 'cope' or would be 'better off divorced'.
Others raged that the cuts would hit households with only one breadwinner much harder than families with both parents in work.

Osborne also faced criticism from within his own party with Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith saying: 'I don't love the idea.'

The plans mean that any couple with one earner in the £44,000 higher-rate tax bracket will lose their child benefit, even if the other stays at home and earns nothing, so two working parents with salaries just under the higher-rate tax threshold could still earn more than £80,000 and keep their child benefit, while a family on a single income of £45,000 would lose theirs.

The benefit adds up to £1,055 a year for one-child families and approaching £2,500 for those with three children.

Read more on the benefits changes and how they affect you and your family.
What do you think?
How will the Child Benefit cuts affect you?
Take a look at Parentdish editor's comments on the cuts to child benefit in the Daily Telegraph.