Should tax & benefits prioritise families?MoneySaving Poll Results

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Poll started 8 September 2008:

Should the tax and benefits system prioritise families?

The benefits and tax credits systems provide more support and finances for families or single parents with children rather than singles or couples without.

  • The arguments for include: Bringing up children is costly and can be difficult. This helps provide better welfare for the nationís children, to ensure all can start on a stronger footing.


  • The arguments against include: People shouldnít have children unless they can afford them. On an overpopulated planet why should those who choose to not have kids be financially disadvantaged? We all contribute via taxation, so we should all gain equally.
Excluding the specific child benefit, and looking more at family tax credits and benefits, which of these is closest to your situation and view?

Results

A. My kids live at home: Families should be prioritised.2,508 votes (38 %)
B. My kids live at home: Families should NOT be prioritised.553 votes (8 %)
C. Kids have left home: Families should be prioritised.297 votes (4 %)
D. Kids have left home: Families should NOT be prioritised.551 votes (8 %)
E. No children but hope to one day: Families should be prioritised.451 votes (7 %)
F. No children but hope to one day: Families should NOT be prioritised.877 votes (13 %)
G. No children & donít plan on any: Families should be prioritised.174 votes (3 %)
H. No children & donít plan on any: Families should NOT be prioritised.1,247 votes (19 %)

                   6,658 votes received.

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