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Dani - interestingly enough the UK government is doing just that starting next year. Their idea is to remove family allowance in households where one person earns over £60,000 p.a. In my opinion that particular system is unfair (as you could have 2 people earning £59k p.a. and they are still entitled whilst one sole earner on £60k gets it removed) but I agree with the principle of it. As you pointed out so called "universal" benefits are not what the welfare state was originally designed for. People often talk about tackling benefit scroungers but forget about the other side of the earning spectrum. Handing out money to people who plainly don't need it is just as wasteful and needs stopping.