Change Child Benefit entitlement limits to per household

Change Child Benefit entitlement limits to per household

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Currently the child benefit limit states that if a parent/guardian in a household earns more than £50,000 you have the option to either opt out of child benefit or continue to receive the benefit but pay a high earners tax. In a lot of cases this equates to paying back the full amount of the child benefit received via taxes. 

If a single parent earns above £50,000 they are impacted by the above rule, however, if a couple living together both earn £49,000 and have a total household income of £98,000 they are still entitled to receive the full child benefit without tax implications. 

A couple both earning £25,000 each would not be considered a high earner, so why is a single parent earning £50,000? 

I am calling on the government to change this limit to earnings per household to ensure fairness for single working parents. 

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