If a person loses their job, or cannot find a job, and they have a child (or children) then they should get the appropriate amount of benefit for the size of their family. However, if they decide to increase the size of their family the amount of benefit will not be increased, unless the pregnancy pre-dated the job loss.

Why is this idea important?

It is equal treatment. When I was working and on a limited income, my wife and I had to decide how many children could we afford to support on my income. My employer would not have given me a pay rise if I had more children – so why I should I, as taxpayer, give other people a pay rise for having the children that I couldn't afford ?

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