Cut of €40 to child benefit on the table
A cut of €40 a month to child benefit payments for middle- and high-income families is being looked at by the Government.
But ministers appear to be cool on the idea of a lower rate of benefit, which was proposed by a group working for Social Welfare Minister Joan Burton.
The internal advisory group in the Department of Social Welfare recommended a two-tiered system, with a flat rate of €100 a month for everybody and a top up payment for low-income families.
The measure would save €200m a year. They also looked at taxing the benefit but decided this was too complicated.
Child benefit payment is €140 per for each of the first two children, the third child is €148 and for the fourth and subsequent children is €160.