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British government cuts child benefit


There is anger in the UK over planned cuts to child welfare benefit.

The coalition government have announced that higher earners will no longer receive the state handout after 2013.

Families will lose out if one parent earns over 44,000 pounds (50,000 euros) a year.

Ruth Doherty is one parent who will lose out. She has depended on her husband’s income of £45,000 since having her baby and said: “I think it’s a real shame that it’s going. It’s nice to have the money to rely on every month while I haven’t been at work, it’s sad.”

Over one million families will be affected by the move.

Critics argue removing child benefit will only raise around one billion pounds.

Prime Minister David Cameron said it was needed to help pay off the country’s 150 billion pound deficit.

“There aren’t any easy decisions when you are trying to pay down the biggest budget deficit in the whole of the G20,” he argued.

“It’s something we have to do, it’s something we have to do quite rapidly to save the British economy and it’s something we try to do fairly,” Cameron added.

David Cameron is one of those who will lose child benefit. His daughter Florence was born in August.

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