Thursday 9 July 2015
Child Tax Credits
George Osbourne’s budget has fairly inflamed the wrath of socialists if social media is a measure of general opinion.
It’s amazing how so many people have an opinion on a part of the budget when it’s obvious they haven’t even read the specifics.
What did we do without tax credits? Initially these were introduced by Labour to help businesses keep wages low and also for governments to keep pensions well below those of Germany, Switzerland, Sweden etc.
These are now seen as an entitlement rather than a temporary help to those suffering financial hardship.
Stupidly, I happen to mention on someone’s Facebook page, that I agreed with the stopping of child tax credits for those who choose to have more than two children. I rather enjoy reading the person’s page because, although she’s of a left-wing persuasion, she has a sense of humour which shows the self-deprecating side of many Scots.
The comments became personal and rude and of course many involved a completely understanding of the issue.
I do believe that those who have more than two children should not expect the taxpayer to support them other than by child benefit. Not so long ago I listened to one woman say she only needed to have one more child to be able to live a very comfortable life. This was said in the presence of her mother, who I know has been a hard working woman all her life. Her daughter has never worked and of her four children, three have different fathers. None has any contact with their fathers.
This latest policy may not make the above mother more responsible, but I do hope it makes some think before they decide to have more family. Having a child is a gift, not an entitlement. Expecting others to pay for the upbringing of your child shows how our society has lost the concept of responsibility.
There are no children in poverty in this country. There are only irresponsible adults. We must stop throwing money at these adults and make them take responsibility for their decisions.