Speaking about media reports that suggested that the Conservatives may cut child benefit from parents with more than two children as a way of helping to achieve the £12bn in welfare cuts proposed by George Osborne, Stephen said: “In the election campaign David Cameron promised that Child Benefit would not be cut in this parliament. Reports have suggested Downing Street is seeking to rule out cuts for the ‘first two years’, meanwhile Iain Duncan Smith has ordered Civil Servants to draw up plans to cut Child Benefit. It is increasingly clear that millions of working families are in the Government’s firing line.

“It’s time for David Cameron to rule out reducing the real value of Child Benefit or Child Tax Credits and cutting the number of families who are eligible in this parliament. The Tories should come clean with the public.”

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AuthorStephen Timms