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The case for universal child benefit

Anthony Atkinson B.

in Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427151
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302353 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.003.0004
The case for universal child benefit

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This chapter takes up Peter's campaign for a universal child benefit, started over 40 years ago. It makes the case for its retention, against the trend policy on income-tested benefits increasingly favoured by the British government over the past 30 years, not only for its crucial role in addressing child poverty but based on a wider view of social justice concerned to redistribute towards families with children and with gender equity. It notes that this discussion is particularly pertinent given the proposal by the Coalition government to end child benefit for higher rate taxpayers announced in October 2010. It also contains an implicit critique of economists for their failure to address important social issues.

Keywords: campaign; universal child benefit; British government; child poverty; gender equity; Coalition government; economists; social issues

Chapter.  4183 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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