West Norfolk Women & Carers’ Pensions Network says No to £2.5 Billion from the Nation’s Children

Carer Watch have been asked to help raise awareness of this letter writing campaign from West Norfolk Women & Carers’ Pensions Network .


Here is our letter. We are asking as many individuals as possible over Christmas and New Year to sign it and e-mail it to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith at  ministers@dwp.gsi.gov.uk or to print off a copy of the letter and post it to him.

It’s important to save Child Benefit as a universal benefit for all mothers. Once it is means tested, we will be on a long slippery slope.

Best wishes,
Alexandra Kemp
West Norfolk Women and Carers’ Pensions Network

Save Universal Child benefit. PDF

Save Universal Child benefit.   Word doc

Letter as below

For the Immediate Attention of the Secretary of State

 The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions
Caxton House
Tothill Street

Dear Mr Duncan Smith,

Please Save Universal Child Benefit for Our Daughters & Grand-daughters

I am writing to you today to ask you to save Universal Child Benefit which the Chancellor George Osborne plans to take away from families with a higher taxpayer.

Higher rate taxpayers are more likely to be men than women and so the Chancellor’s plan could lead to pressure on mums to give up Child Benefit if their husband or partner does not want to have the amount clawed back from his income.

Ending Universal Child Benefit could prejudice mothers who stay at home to look after their children and whose only guaranteed source of income is Child Benefit.

Ending Universal Child Benefit could jeopardise mothers in violent or abusive relationships.

Money is often not shared equally in households. But benefits given direct to the mother are more likely to be spent on the children.

So please keep Child Benefit Universal for ourselves, our daughters and grand-daughters.

Motherhood has a direct and dramatic influence on women’s employment prospects and pay which typically lasts a lifetime.

Women who work full-time are still paid on average 16% less an hour than men while women who work part-time are paid 35% less than a man even for work of equal value.

So I think all mothers deserve Child Benefit and since the Second World War so have all UK Governments.

So please ask the Chancellor to keep Child Benefit universal.

Yours sincerely,


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3 Responses to “West Norfolk Women & Carers’ Pensions Network says No to £2.5 Billion from the Nation’s Children”

  1. ians12 Says:

    There could be a case for discussing each person’s “Personal Budget”, ie not counting “household budgets” as they are for means testing. The trouble is I fail to see how this could work in practice. If a household has a joint income of over £40k then that’s probably a good cutoff for CB. If, as is being suggested by the authors of this petition, there really are women living in households with total incomes of over £40k pa, who really are living in poverty, then surely the law needs to be changed to compel the men in these households to pay statutory amounts to women looking after their offspring? They certainly make such orders were men leave their wives and children by way of maintenance payments. Maybe the petition should be for statutory maintenance payments instead of what appears to be subsidies for the idle rich. Note that members of the Royal Family have been eligible for CB as have all of the rich bankers on bonuses of billions. Now that can’t be fair can it, we can’t all be millionaires so we are not “all in it together” are we?

  2. bbgbosham Says:

    Thank you
    have replied to IDS

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