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No 10 has a ?plan to cap benefits at two children. New mothers with three children would lose ?700 in ?5bn welfare crackdown.

The proposal would mean parents with three children, who would currently be entitled to child benefit because their annual income is less than ?50,000, would lose out on ?696 a year.

The initiative has been put forward by Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi, recently appointed by David Cameron to the No?10 policy board to come up with vote-winning policies for the Conservative Election manifesto. Mr Zahawi is a close ally of Chancellor George Osborne, who said last week he was determined to find billions of pounds of extra savings in the welfare budget.

Opinion polls show strong public support for welfare cuts and the Tories say it is vital? to encourage greater responsibility. But the idea is likely to? be criticised by Labour as an attack on hard-up families.

The Tories say it is ?nonsense? to call the idea ?social engineering? or compare it to China?s ?one child policy? to curb population growth.

There comes a point when you’ve emptied the welfare cupboard and the burden on the net taxpayers is simply not sustainable. ?Welfare stops being a safety net, and instead turns into a dragnet. ? Of course, like irresponsible children, the left start to whine you’re taking their iPad away. ?

The move is certain to be fiercely opposed by Mr Cameron?s Coalition partner, Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Benefits reforms are vital? to save taxpayers? money, says Mr Zahawi in an article in today?s Mail on Sunday. The welfare state was set up in the 1940s as a ?last resort, not a lifestyle choice?, he writes.

And there is the true problem. ?Decades of rampant welfareism has created a class that isn’t grateful for a hand up, but considers itself entitled to a handout.

People had to understand? ?welfare will always be there to help them take responsible decisions about work and family. In return, they can no longer assume the taxpayer has a bottomless purse.

‘Capping welfare by family size would save billions and help the next generation think more carefully about their relationship with the welfare state. And it would restore the original bargain made between citizens and state: a safety net in return for personal responsibility.

This could be introduced in a staged fashion, with the limit set to six children, and reduced by a child every two years until the new limit of 2 children was reached.

Of course, Labour and the The Green Taliban would immediately repeal it.


Source: ?Daily Mail