Posted by Equality on November 22, 2011 at 11:32:54:
In Reply to: No Child Allowance? posted by Michael Ryanair on November 22, 2011 at 08:35:19:
Equality and fairness are not easily implemented within a system of taxation.
If you're well off you won't miss any benefits being stripped away from you but the real problem is how to administer the removal of universal benefits.
If you decide to means test people then you're talking a lot of administrative overhead and does the savings outweigh the costs.
If you scrap the cash benefit and replace it with a voucher system you go down the same road.
I think split the benefit into a credit system, for clothing, education and healthcare.
A child needs to go to the dentist & doctor more than a couple of times every year - make this a free service instead by reallocating children's allowance funds.
School books, healthy breakfasts & lunches, uniforms and transport to school should be free - again take this money from the allowance.
Child benefit should pay for things that are of benefit to the child - up to and including 3rd level, maybe pay the college fees for students who are successful in their annual exams - you repeat at your own cost!
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