Child Benefit cut may be illegal

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    andyrichards
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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/9641766/Child-benefit-cuts-may-be-illegal.html

    This is clearly nonsense – HMRC is bound to have checked and made sure it is legally watertight……

    #124471
    dayton609
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    even as you speak :beer:

    #124472
    John Boxall
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    This comment was a corker!

    Yes… And the next thing that’s going to happen is that Duncan Smith, with his blind and stupid overall cut in benefits, will reduce the whole country to mayhem.

    The “universal credit” scheme is to be managed “on line”, for the benefit of people who are not computer literate and for the most part do not have computers. The schme is so unweildy and difficult to set up, it has already cost millions, just in the setting up.

    Stupid people (IDS has no exams and rose socially through marrying well) should not be put in charge of operations such as this, especially if they are so stubborn as to refuse to be reshuffled when the scheme is seen to be dodgy (which has happened).

    😀 😀 😀

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

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    jamcon
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    If their only argument is that different national welfare systems pay different amounts or have different priorities, then I don’t hold out much hope of any successful challenge. Seems to be a silly article.

    #124484
    Alex G
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    Not really, the discrimination is that a person from the EU will not be affected by the cuts, while someone British will.

    I gather that is the crux of the article’s argument.

    For instance, the counter argument would be if we had a HB system that paid a high rate for British citizen’s and another lower rate for EU citizen’s that would clearly be discriminatory.

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    John Boxall
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    I’m not a PFA expert, but as far as I understand it the rules are a lot harder on UK nationals returning from abroad than EU nationals moving to the UK – but that isnt treated as discriminatort

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

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    jamcon
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    That’s true Alex, but we are talking about EU citizens receiving family support benefits from their own country’s welfare system, not EU citizens receiving CHB from the UK and not having it clawed back.

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