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Martina Devlin: Wealthy don't have to feel guilty about child benefit, they can just hand it back

Published 11/10/2012 | 17:00

THE Michael O'Leary school of How To Run A Country, which pillories automatic child benefit for high earners, is a compelling argument. But here's another thought: why do people who don't need the money continue to accept it?

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It couldn't be easier to opt out of child benefit. Either a mother can decide against submitting the paperwork to claim it after a baby is born, or she can fill out a simple form at any stage saying she no longer wishes to receive the allowance.

I was curious about whether any parent has refused this universal payment since the economic collapse, citing the national interest, and made inquiries at the department.

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