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Choose to have a large family? Then pay for it

Published 11/04/2013

The Chancellor, George Osborne, in his austerity budget, could have saved millions of pounds every week if he had stopped paying family allowance after the fourth child (and, in future, reduced the payment to three) if he wants to make working being a better option than living on benefits.

In a TV interview prior to burning to death five of his children, Mick Philpott revelled in not having to work and, instead, gleefully lived on child allowance and all the other benefits he claimed.

People who want to have large families have that right – as long as they can afford to keep them and not sponge off the taxpayer.

Child benefit should also only be paid to children born in the UK.

PANORAMA

Belfast

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