Steve Webb over-rules Nick on universal child benefits

by Stephen Tall on September 21, 2009

Evening Standard blogger Paul Waugh has the story:

Work and Pensions spokesman Steve Webb has indeed put his foot down to kill off Nick Clegg’s suggestion (floated in the Guardian on Saturday) that the party could means-test child benefit.

Webb made plain his feelings at a Fabian fringe event. Thanks to the NextLeft report of proceedings, we find out what Webb said:

“We’ve been able to conduct the review speedily over the last 24 hours – and I am pleased to say that the policy won’t be changing”,

“I read…..we were going to look at ‘middle class child benefit’. I have looked at it – and I have rejected it,” Webb added.