Petition Link Child Benefit to inflation and increase thresholds for high income charge

We would like the Government to:
1) Increase the high income charge threshold (before a claimant starts repaying benefits) to £70,000 for single parents and £130,000 (combined) for couples

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2) Annually adjust both child benefit payments and the thresholds above in line with the Consumer Price Index

The introduction of a ‘household threshold’ would correct certain distortions of the current system e.g. a couple with a combined income of £100,000 split equally (£50,000 each) would get full benefits while another with the same combined income but with one partner earning £60,000 and the other £40,000 would get nothing
The reform can also help reverting the steep drop in birth rate in the UK by supporting and incentivising families to have more children.

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Government confirms increase of the High Income Child Benefit Charge

On Wednesday 6 March, the Government announced that it is increasing the income threshold for paying the High Income Child Benefit Charge.

The High Income Child Benefit Charge threshold will increase to from £50,000 to £60,000 from 6 April 2024. If your income exceeds £80,000, the charge is equal to the amount of the Child Benefit payment. The increase was announced as part of the Spring Budget.

Currently the High Income Child Benefit Charge is based on individual income, but the Government has said that it is committed to moving to a system based on household rather than individual incomes by April 2026, and will consult on this in due course.

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