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Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour’s shadow exchequer secretary to the Treasury, responding to David Gauke’s comments on child benefit in The House Magazine, said:

“This is yet another example of how out of touch this Conservative-led government has become. 

“Ministers shouldn’t be insulting parents or telling them to stop moaning about losing thousands of pounds in child benefit.

“What they should be doing is explaining how on earth it can be fair to cut child benefit from parents on £50,000 while people on over £150,000 are getting a tax cut. And they need to tell us how many millions of pounds are being wasted on the chaotic and complicated administration of this ill thought out policy.”

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