A leading charity is highly critical of the Government's proposed changes to Child Benefit, saying it will place families "on the frontline of cuts".

Responding to Government's proposed changes to Child Benefit, Anne Longfield OBE, Chief Executive of 4Children said: "Child benefit is the only universal benefit which recognises the additional costs of raising a child and is an important symbol of the importance we place on putting families first.

"Government's intention to withdraw child benefit from thousands of hard working families threatens this recognition and will come as a bitter blow to some of these parents who are already struggling against petrol price rises, a 5% increase in the cost of childcare and soaring energy bills.

"The planned change will unfairly penalise single earner households compared with those where both parents earn just below the salary threshold and risk creating a bureaucratic nightmare.

"We urge Government to reconsider this policy and instead start the New Year by putting families at the heart of the recovery rather than on the frontline of cuts."

Posted 05/11/2012 by penny.hosie@pavpub.com