Saturday 18 November 2017

Child benefit is about more than just money

Unless means testing were done sensitively, it would keep low-income working mothers poor, writes Carol Hunt

Though he may have ditched his idea for charging Ryanair passengers to watch pornography on their iPads or smartphones, the topic of sex is still paying dividends for Michael O'Leary in the publicity stakes.

Last week, the multi-millionaire scoffed: "Child benefit in this country should be scrapped ... this broad band of just giving everybody Children's Allowance . . . it's like the Government subsidising people money to have sex. Now, I don't know about you but I'm very happy to have sex for free, I don't need a subsidy for it."

Which is probably the first time that the Ryanair boss was quoted on record as wanting to refuse a subsidy from the State.

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