Tuesday 6 December 2016

Is birth control an official policy?

Published 11/12/2010 | 05:00

Is this Government attempting to suppress the production of children as a means of achieving economic growth? The Chinese government promotes a policy of birth control that forbids couples in urban areas having more than one child. Additional children result in deprivation of benefits and very large fines.

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At the same time, wealthy families can pay a fee to the government in order to have a second child. The idea was created in 1978 to alleviate social, economic and environmental problems in China.

Having slashed child allowances in the Budget for the second year on the trot and benefit for a third child back to 2004 rates, could Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan possibly be concocting a similar remedy here?

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