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Chris Leslie MP, Labour's shadow Treasury minister, responding to news that only 200,000 out of the 1.2 million families no longer eligible for any child benefit have opted to no longer it, said:

"These figures mean up to a million families now face having all their child benefit clawed back through complicated self-assessment tax returns at the end of the year.

"This is a costly administrative nightmare that could also lead to family rows as couples decide who takes the financial hit. And it’s unfair too, because single earner families on £50,000 will have their child benefit cut while some couples earning as much as £100,000 keep all of theirs and millionaires actually get a tax cut.

"With every passing day it's clearer and clearer that David Cameron and George Osborne totally failed to think this policy through."

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