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Dani You are absolutely correct. I suspect that at least half of the recipients of Family Allowance would forego it if it was means tested. I simply used mine for my children to go on school trips which I would have funded separately anyway. There is no way that I "needed" it. It's easy to deal with it. Transfer it to being an Income Tax allowance instead of a Social Security benefit and treat it as being part of the Income Tax Personal Allowance. It can then very easily be a means-tested allowance based on the taxable income of the taxpayer. This is an easy "win" to save public money, as would be a full review of Social Security benefits. I am absolutely in favour of fully supporting those who genuinely need support, and totally against the payment of benefits to those who are abusing the system.