Monday, October 4, 2010

Britain to means test "pro natal" welfare benefit

Britain will start means-testing child benefits paid to better-off families in 2013, according to a story by Landon Thomas, Jr. in the New York Times, today, October 4, 2010, link here

In Europe, many countries had begun increasing per-child benefits in order to reverse the birth dearth among “native” populations. In Europe, paid parental leave benefits are common, which they are not in the United States.

The measure occurred while some conservative politicians in the United States have started talking about means-testing social security, which is different in concept in that it is largely funded by worker "contributions" (mandatory wage taxes).

The story reports that about 42% of the welfare benefit goes to families “not in need”.

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