Jobless parents could potentially have their child benefit capped if they give birth to a third child whilst claiming job seekers benefit. The idea has been put forward by the Conservatives and is to be a part of their election manifesto in two years time. The idea behind the proposal is to encourage job seekers to return to work and reduce the UK’s current benefit payments.
It has been suggested that the cap should be for all families, not just those who are on benefits. In today’s economic climate the cost of raising a child is sky high, and many families delay having more children after their second for financial reasons. Some believe all families should consider their financial situation before choosing to have a third child, and by capping the benefit offered the UK would be much better off.
The current proposal would see unemployed families lose an estimated £700 per child per annum. The government believes the proposal will show families that they can’t expect the welfare system to support their lifestyles. The current system sees people who have never worked continuing to have high numbers of children and expecting the welfare system to pay out to support them. With the new proposal, the government wouldn’t be expected to pay benefits for any more than two children.
The current system seems some what flawed with taxpayers forking out to support a number of large families who are unemployed and in some cases have no intention of getting a job. It is true that something needs to change, but whether or not a cap on child benefit is the way forward remains to be seen.