Britain’s prime minister has insisted that cuts to child benefit payments are fair. This came after the coalition government announced that higher income earners will no longer receive the state handout after 2013. This concerns families where at least one parent earns more than 44 thousand pounds per year.
The deficit-reduction measure will affect more than one million families. Removing child benefit will save one billion pounds. That is the equivalent of 1.14 billion euros. The country’s deficit stands at 150 billion pounds.
Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron defended the policy at his party’s annual conference in Birmingham.
Cameron said: “I’m not saying this is going to be easy, as we’ve seen this week with child benefit. But it’s fair that those with broader shoulders should bear a greater load.”
The three-child Cameron household will go without the monthly benefit of roughly 100 euros.
As well as opposition criticism, the move has also sparked hostility in Cameron’s own camp.