Johnson's 'relief at end of Mussolini-like reward for procreation'

London Mayor Boris Johnson has said in the Telegraph that it is a 'relief' that child benefit will no longer be available to 'middle-class' families such as his own.

Mr Johnson wrote in the paper that it was an, "absurd system whereby low-income people paid in their taxes for richer families to receive this Mussolini-like reward for procreation."

Mayor of London Boris Johnson with Prime Minister David Cameron during the lighting of the Paralympic Cauldron
Mayor of London Boris Johnson with Prime Minister David Cameron during the lighting of the Paralympic Cauldron Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

He calculates that his family has received, "about £47,547.40" in child benefit and says; "I feel both grateful and appalled to have profited in this way, and a sense of intellectual relief that today, the madness comes to an end."

The Mayor adds that the fact there will be "some losers" is part of welfare reform:

"I know that some people worry about the perverse impacts of the £50,000 threshold – and yes, I suppose it is an unfairness that a household with, say, two incomes each of £49,000 could continue to get the benefit in full, while a family with a single breadwinner on £60,000 would lose it altogether.

"But that is the trouble with any reform of a benefits system that now costs £207 billion a year."

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