End the financial incentives for young people to get pregnant early in life by axing the pregnancy grant and restricting Child Benefit to those over the age of 21. This will encourage people to think of a career, stay in education, learn a trade or otherwise contribut to society.
Why does this idea matter?
1. Young people need to be encouraged to stay in education, train for a career and learn to contribute to society.
2. We have some of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world, and this is coupled with low aspirations on behalf of those concerned. Perhaps we make it too easy for them?
3. Teenagers generally have no idea of the costs and the responsibility involved in bringing up children. Some think that Child Benefit covers the cost!
4. We have not always had Child Benefit, and it is not something people should alwasy expect to be there. It was a privelege when we coudl afford it, and now we cannot.
This post was prompted by my hearing of the 19 year old with 3 children on Radio 4 this morning. Surely this is a life on benefits spread ahead of her?