Child benefit is not a disincentive to work, says Burton

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has defended the universal system of child benefit, on the grounds that it does not pose a disincentive for people to work.

11th August, 2012
Joan Burton.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has defended the universal system of child benefit, on the grounds that it does not pose a disincentive for people to work.

While she would not comment on budget measures likely in the upcoming budget in relation to child benefit, she said it was "critical to mention the fact that it has no disincentive in relation to work".

If the payment were means-tested or taxed, losing it could be...

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