Cap the child ben­e­fit to two chil­dren per fam­ily

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION -

✒ I WISH to con­grat­u­late Coun­cil­lor Max Wilkin­son on his in­ter­est in cli­mate change.

The largest con­trib­u­tor to cli­mate change is pop­u­la­tion growth, as stated by Sir David At­ten­bor­ough.

He said: “Be sen­si­ble and have no more than two chil­dren”

He is also pa­tron of the char­ity Pop­u­la­tion Mat­ters. Go on their web­site and see the facts.

In 1950 the pop­u­la­tion of the UK was 50 mil­lion, it is now 66mil­lion and may be 73 mil­lion by 2041 - the UK hav­ing the largest pop­u­la­tion in Europe.

Large fam­i­lies are the cause of this in­crease.

The Gov­ern­ment should in the next tax year should in­tro­duce a limit on child ben­e­fit on new births to a max­i­mum of two per lady.

The cost of ed­u­cat­ing a child is about £6,000 per year which is £72,000 in to­tal.

Two chil­dren = £144,000; four chil­dren = £288,000 etc.

The state will pay - but the state has no money. It is the Coun­cil Tax payer who funds the cost.

Chil­dren com­ing out of the county for their ed­u­ca­tion in Glouces­ter­shire should have costs paid for by their home coun­cil.

What about large fam­i­lies mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the cost?

I be­lieve the res­i­dents of Glouces­ter­shire have had enough of the coun­try­side ru­ined by de­vel­op­ments on farm land and green belt land.

New houses etc should be built on brown­field sites and empty prop­er­ties brought in to use. M Stevens Gother­ing­ton

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