No one should be surprised or appalled by the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ calculations that families with children will lose around £500  through the latest tax and benefit changes. They should instead blame Gordon Brown.
In an intentionally Fabianesque move, one of the worst ideas Brown pursued was to set about trying to make as many people as possible dependent on the state.
During the reign of New Labour he focused especially on pulling families with children into the benefits system. First he introduced the Working Families Tax Credit, then increased it. And, along with child premiums in income support, he increased Child Tax Credits and Child Benefit. He went further, including families without children by changing Working Families Tax Credits to Working Tax Credits.
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