To think this utter madness- child benefit

(189 Posts)
stopthebloodylights Sun 16-May-21 13:09:26

A couple In Ireland have had quads...Irish child benefits is not means tested AND if you have twins you get 1.5 per child BUT if you have other multiples you get DOUBLE the amount so this couple are taking in 140 x 2 PER CHILD!! That's 1120 in child benefits per month!! 🤣🤣🤣

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luckylavender Sun 16-May-21 13:15:17

I don't suppose it will make life easier for them. Why is it you business anyway?

Overthebow Sun 16-May-21 13:15:19

Yes but imagine how much childcare will cost them. Fair enough I think!

MrsTulipTattsyrup Sun 16-May-21 13:16:27

But they’ve got to pay for four lots of everything at the same time. Not to mention childcare fees. And a bigger car. And so on. Anyway, if you’re that worried about it, then write to the Irish government and ask them to change the system. What are you being deprived of to pay this family their benefits?

RedMarauder Sun 16-May-21 13:18:09

Four children exactly the same age - no thanks.

The extra benefits don't make up for the stress and anxiety of bringing them up.

FudgeFlake Sun 16-May-21 13:20:05

That's a bit mean, only giving 50% for the second of a pair of twins! In my experience raising two simultaneously cost more than raising two a couple of years apart. Nothing could be passed on.

Twickerhun Sun 16-May-21 13:20:30

That sounds very reasonable to me.

The state needs families to invest in our kids welfare and wellbeing. Saves money in the long run of kids are given a good start in life

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SprayedWithDettol Sun 16-May-21 13:21:34

I can’t understand your issue with this unless you are personally paying for it.
Even people with substantial incomes will find quads financially challenging.

ChocOrange1 Sun 16-May-21 13:21:42

FudgeFlake

That's a bit mean, only giving 50% for the second of a pair of twins! In my experience raising two simultaneously cost more than raising two a couple of years apart. Nothing could be passed on.

No they give 150% for both twins.

So if its £140 for one child, you get £420 for twins, or £280 for two single children. Or that's how I read it anyway.

DarcyLewis Sun 16-May-21 13:21:57

If you have quads you need whatever you can get. Utter madness that anyone would begrudge them help.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Sun 16-May-21 13:22:08

I doubt they deliberately had Quads just for the Child Benefit!
I hate to think what quad pushchair will cost. Or a car big enough for four baby and toddler seats. Four sets of swimming lessons. 4 lists of school uniform.

If anything it's unfair to families that have small age gaps unexpectedly... They get the same expense without the extra help.

Thomasina79 Sun 16-May-21 13:22:13

Who cares, it doesn’t affect you or I. We won’t go without because of this and their finances are going to take an enormous hit with so many children.

I wish them all the best personally.

pointythings Sun 16-May-21 13:22:18

Nothing mad about it, just sensible support for when things happen. What were the couple supposed to do in your opinion, selectively abort some of them? Why is it your problem anyway? hmm

JulesM73 Sun 16-May-21 13:22:33

Ridiculous.

StormzyInaDCup Sun 16-May-21 13:24:38

How is it any of your business? Jealous maybe?

DaveDave Sun 16-May-21 13:25:03

Taxes are much higher in Ireland so they are disadvantaged in other ways. And they pay to see the GP per visit, can you imagine that with quads?!

topwings Sun 16-May-21 13:25:20

@Fudgeflake, it's 1.5 times per child so instead of 140 per child, they get €210 for each child.

Depending on where they live, €1120 will cover childcare for one of them.

It's not like every woman has multiple births - it's very small money from a government point of view.

FilthyforFirth Sun 16-May-21 13:25:54

How can you possibly begrudge them this? What a mean spirited person you are.

OhWhyNot Sun 16-May-21 13:28:51

They should be getting far more so then can pay for support

Now on earth do they manage

User7312019 Sun 16-May-21 13:29:26

And what would you set as the appropriate amount to give them? Given that that wouldn’t make much of a dint in childcare costs, clothing or feeding them?

ThatIsMyPotato Sun 16-May-21 13:29:31

What's with the 🤣🤣?

It seems fair to me, they won't be able to save money by passing things down and will need everything x4 all at once

stopthebloodylights Sun 16-May-21 13:29:48

Oh god I'm not begrudging!! Wouldn't it be great if the U.K. did similar!!

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DifficultPifcultLemonDifficult Sun 16-May-21 13:30:15

Go have quads in Ireland then, watch the cash roll in and then quickly roll back out again because quads will be ridiculously expensive

MrsTulipTattsyrup Sun 16-May-21 13:31:31

stopthebloodylights

Oh god I'm not begrudging!! Wouldn't it be great if the U.K. did similar!!

Well, your thread title describes it as “utter madness”, so how can you now claim you think it’s a good thing?

Reinventinganna Sun 16-May-21 13:32:02

Imagine how expensive 4 sets of everything are.

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