Why freezing child benefit up to 2020 to pay for extended childcare for under-fives misses the point.
The Tory MP's plan to limit all child-related benefits to two children would undermine the 'striver'/'scrounger' divide by hitting all families, regardless of their employment status.
The party believes in shifting spending from universal benefits such as child benefit and the winter fuel allowance to services such as childcare and social care.
The coalition hasn’t resolved the role the welfare system should play in supporting families with children. The impasse on childcare policy reflects this.
Osborne has underestimated the perverse incentives that removing the benefit from higher earners will create.
More than 300,000 households have not been informed that they must either stop claiming child benefit or pay a new tax.
The benefit could be limited to two children for all families.
Treasury minister David Gauke on child benefit losers.
Even if the majority of voters support the policy, those who don't could yet hurt the Tories.
The coalition’s travails over child benefit mean Osborne may revisit his decision to raise the perso