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John Drennan: Child benefit to be cut by €10 per child

Labour reneges on election promise of 'no more allowance cuts after last year'

Published 20/11/2011 | 05:00

Child benefit will be cut by at least €10 a month in the Budget on December 6, the Sunday Independent has learned.

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The Department of Social Protection wanted to tax the benefit, but bureaucratic difficulties mean the benefit will "be cut by at least €10 a month and it could even be higher''.

The decrease in the benefit is one of a number of controversial measures that the Social Protection Minister Joan Burton will have to bring in as she tries to protect the old-age pension and basic rates of unemployment benefit.

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