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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, commenting on today's announcement on changes to child benefit said:

“Instead of boosting jobs and growth, the government is making families with children pay more.

“We support child benefit for all children and all families. Of course there are difficult choices to make and we need more welfare reform, but it's better to get the economy growing faster and raise more tax from the banks than to cut support for children in middle income families.

"Whatever people's income, it is families with children who are paying most -- through cuts in child tax credit, maternity allowance, child benefit and housing benefit. So much for David Cameron's promise of the most family friendly government ever: instead they are hitting hard at families who want to get on."

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