Bill P. Godfrey et al

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Breeder pleasing

Back when I wrote my review of the candidates in the recent general election I said, amoungst other things...
Most of all, they seem obsessed with "Hard working families". I'm a single guy who doesn't want any children. Ever. Now my taxes are paying for family tax credits and children's trust funds. Enough with the breeder-pleasing!
As you may have guessed, this sort of thing is a bit of a sore point for me.

If a male collegue had a child, he would get two weeks off, in addition to the usual holiday allocation. Now, I'm not about to begrudge new parents a couple of weeks, but where's my extra two weeks?

If that collegue was a woman, she would have got 26 weeks off, all that time on 90% pay. Indeed, I know a few women who have found themselves less employable around the age of 30.

A few years ago, the British government introduced the child trust fund. I think its a reasonable idea, allowing children to have a tax-free savings account, to be released to that child when they turn 18. The parents can't dip into it and all income from capital gains and dividends are tax free. Children can't have a tax-free ISA account, but they can have this instead.

And yet, the government will pay £250 (or £500) of tax money into that fund on birth and more when the child is 7. Gaaaaah!


  • A lot of the British welfare system is set up to encourage people to breed. It's all because of the war don't you know. No no... not that one, the one that happened about 50 years ago with Germany.

    Aren't there enough British by now?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 10:04 AM, July 01, 2005  

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