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Thousands hit by child benefit cuts

ALMOST 2000 families in Solihull have been told they face cuts to their child benefits.

ALMOST 2000 families in Solihull have been told they face cuts to their child benefits.

A breakdown by constituency shows that the seat, occupied by Lib Dem Lorely Burt, was among the most heavily affected in the region. 1890 families have been contacted about the changes.

They have been told that they will either lose the benefit entirely or will be expected to repay some of the cash.

And the total number affected may be higher – because Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has still not written to a quarter of the families which are set to lose out, even though the reform came into effect last week. Many parents will be expected to fill in complicated self-assessment tax returns so that the Treasury is able to claw back the money they have received.

Families where a parent earns £60,000 or more have a choice between opting out of the benefit entirely, or receiving it and then paying it back through the tax system.

Those where a parent earns between £50,000 and £60,000 will have to pay back some of the sum.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt said: “Obviously we don’t want to have to take anyone’s benefits away, but when resources are so scant it makes sense to target them at those who are in the most need.

“Unfortunately we are in a period of time where we are having to reduce welfare spending. As a result, it is difficult to justify continuing to pay for the Child Benefit of the wealthiest 15 per cent of families in society.”

But Labour has accused the Government of a “huge assault” on millions of working families.

Have you been affected by the change, email david_irwin@mrn.co.uk and let us know what you think.

 

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