Child Benefit has been changing lives for over 70 years. Eleanor Rathbone’s idea that mothers should be paid for the work of bearing and raising children was radical in its time – and an inspiration to campaigners today.
But now we need to be more radical. Carers UK say that their members save the government £132 billion a year. With millions of families facing a catastrophic loss of income due to the coronavirus many people are now calling for abasic income. If we can consider UBI then it is not a stretch to paying parents a decent income for the work they are doing bringing up children.
This is something that can be done quickly and efficiently. It would immediately get money to families, with no waits, no complex claim forms and no new administration. All it needs is the Chancellor to sign it off and a…
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