Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Costs and Population growth

Keith Sunderland

One of the residents of Northbrook points out that child benefit comes to £20.30 a week for the first child (£1055.60 per year) and £13.40 for subsequent children (£696 pa). Actually she/he worked out the maths wrongly and got much higher figures for the year. However should we paying couples to have more children?

Personally I wonder whether with the population growing so fast whether we should be subsidising people to have more than two children. ( ie replacing themselves).

What do you think?


  1. Posted 2 Nov, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    The question that needs to be answered about Child Benefit is, Do people have children because they know there will be child benefit or is child benefit a safety net for children that are born anyway?

    I don’t think people have children because of Child benefit, they may come to rely on it and more likely other benefits and I am sure there are cases where this is abused and these abuses should be pursued, but the tax system is abused by many people but no one suggests tax allowances should be scrapped.

  2. Posted 2 Nov, 2011 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Very good point about tax allowances! There will always be abuse but I wonder if the payments should persist after two children. Once we have replaced ourselves we are in population growth which is not a good thing.

    • Posted 2 Nov, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Yes but we do not want to penalise children who are third or subsequent children through no fault of their own.