Monday, 5 August 2013
Welfare: it is very difficult to understand - or even justify - childcare reforms
The commentary: The Chancellor denied it was unfair for very high earners to get government help of up to £1,200 tax-free per child for nursery places.
The group Mothers at Home Matter reportedly says that a single earner family on £36,000 pays £9,000 in tax while two earners with the same total income pay just £6,500.
My angle of the story is to ask the question: why does a family that earns more than £150,000 a year actually needs childcare support? With such yearly income, what is the point of getting any welfare payments at all?