Mid Devon hit by benefit cuts
NEARLY 850 households in Mid Devon are losing child benefit under controversial government cuts.
In Exeter, 590 are affected; in Central Devon, 1,040; in East Devon, 970; and Newton Abbot, 660. But the numbers are likely to be higher as they are only those that HM Revenue and Customs had managed to identify and write to ahead of the changes.
Under the reforms, families where one parent earns more than £50,000 will have their benefit reduced on a sliding scale, and will lose any payment once their salary hits £60,000.
Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the move, insisting the reforms were "fundamentally fair", and that the top 15 per cent of earners needed to make a contribution to cutting the deficit.
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But Labour has warned many families, which have not opted out of claiming the benefit, now faced having cash clawed back through complicated self-assessment tax returns.
Critics also point to anomalies where two parents both earning £49,000 would keep the benefit, while a household with a single-earner on £60,000 would lose all of it.