The announcement of changes to the child benefit wasn’t well handled and it is clear that some of the details will need to be ironed before the system changes in 2013, but that doesn’t make the policy wrong.
Susie and I have two children and receive child allowance even though I’m on a good income. We don’t really need the extra money but like many parents we will notice when the money goes. But remember that Child Benefit has to be paid for and it is paid for with taxes.
It wouldn’t be that hard for the government to protect this universal benefit, they could do it by putting up taxes and in doing so it would take money out of the pockets of the very same people who feel aggrieved at losing out. Also because government is inherently inefficient it needs to take much more from you than the £20.40 it gives you back.