Wednesday 28 September 2016

'These cutbacks end up affecting children'

Published 04/12/2012 | 11:56

Glen Shannon with his 18-month-old daughter Sally.
Glen Shannon with his 18-month-old daughter Sally.

GLEN SHANNON, from Forthill, is a parent who is worried about the proposed cuts to child benefit. He said: "I have two daughters, the oldest is 10 and the youngest is 18 months. The Government has cut enough, they have to realise that things are so hard for everyone at the minute. It's a joke."

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If the child benefit is cut, what does this mean for his family?

"Well we will have to cut our shopping spending and possibly look to shopping up the North. When you consider nappies, baby food for example, it all adds up.

"Then you add all the household costs to that, electricity et cetera."

He said that his partner is working but he is not. They haven't been on a family holiday for over three years.

Glen said: "At the end of the day, these cutbacks are falling back on my kids.

"You can't give them what they want, what they are looking for, and that's hard to take.

"I'm worried about their future, when they're older, they will probably have to emigrate."

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