Child benefit

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The great British baby drought has a simple cause. And it’s not ‘cultural Marxism’ | Polly Toynbee
There’s no shortage of people who want more children. But under the Conservatives, parenthood is punished, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

18, May, 2023 @4:52 PM

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More than 1m children growing up in poverty under two-child benefits limit
Cumulative impact of limit means it could eventually affect about 3m children in UK, study finds

Peter Walker Political correspondent

05, Apr, 2023 @11:01 PM

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Inequality starts before birth – so child benefits should too | Mary Reader
Providing a safety net from ‘cradle to grave’ is already too late. Time to revive an old Labour policy that can make things fairer, says Mary Reader of the London School of Economics

Mary Reader

28, Mar, 2023 @3:37 PM

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Pushing families into poverty will do nothing to stop school truants | Letters
Letters: Michael Gove’s idea to cut child benefit shows how little he has spoken to parents and educators, writes Fran Morgan, while Derrick Cameron deplores the rightwing view of welfare

08, Mar, 2023 @6:05 PM

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Self-assessment: tips for filing your UK tax return to avoid risk of a £100 fine
As HMRC’s deadline looms, here’s a guide to cutting your bill by taking advantage of the various reliefs

Miles Brignall and Rupert Jones

14, Jan, 2023 @10:00 AM

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‘Huge flip of circumstances’: end of US child tax credit pushing kids into poverty
Nearly 4 million more children in poverty in January 2022 compared with December 2021, say experts

Chris Stein

08, Dec, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Tax the childless! Encourage ‘our own’ to breed! What an asinine, inhumane way to tackle a population crisis | Zoe Williams
The demographer Paul Morland has some novel ideas for rejuvenating Britain’s ageing population. That’s ‘novel’ as in unacceptable

Zoe Williams

04, Jul, 2022 @3:50 PM

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Who paid the price of George Osborne’s two-child benefit cap? Britain’s poorest children | Mary Reader and Jonathan Portes
No other country in the world caps benefits after the second child. It’s time we stopped this cruel policy, say academic researchers Mary Reader and Jonathan Portes

Mary Reader and Jonathan Portes

06, Apr, 2022 @2:51 PM

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Parents of adults taxed by HMRC as if still getting child benefit
Those people still to file their 2020-21 self-assessment return should check if they are due a refund

Rupert Jones

29, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Scrap two-child limit on benefits, urge government’s social mobility advisers
Social Mobility Commission also calls for end to two-child benefit limit to help generation recover from devastating pandemic

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

20, Jul, 2021 @1:05 PM

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Child benefit: HMRC faces calls to refund thousands of taxpayers
A tribunal ruling may let parents and carers reclaim backdated charges from the tax office

Miles Brignall

10, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Child benefit: high-earning parents can use pensions to cut charges
Some basic-rate taxpayers could face clawbacks, but there are ways for them to reduce their liability

Rupert Jones

01, May, 2021 @9:30 AM

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