Sunday 25 February 2018

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.

Irish Independent

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