Tory Child Support commitment rings hollow- Shannon

Strangford DUP Candidate Jim Shannon campaigned for Child Benefit to be assessed on household income throughout the last Parliament, and whilst the Government adopted some of the recommendations made in his Ten Minute Rule Bill – the achievements are not enough to relieve the pressure on working families and there is more to be done.

By Jim Shannon MP


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Mr Shannon said,

“Whilst I welcomed the move to increase child benefit thresholds – this, however, was not in line with inflation and cost of living increases and there is more to be done.

Belated Tory election pledges on Child Benefit ring hollow for working families in 2024 when our calls to change the system were repeatedly rejected by Conservative Governments over the last decade. Without greater Treasury investment in childcare and tax credits changes, dual income families will not be able to cope.

These are issues that we have continued to press. Less than a year ago, we brought this matter to the floor of Parliament and pressed for Child Benefit to be assessed on household income but there is more work to be done. We will be pressing the next government to act on the need that is there.

Belated commitments by the Tories will be met with scepticism by many. Despite the gains we have made on pressures for raising a family during this mandate, working families must receive the full support they deserve.”

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