The main purpose of the PNPD's waiver and the transition to universal child benefits
is to increase the income of the least-paid and to reduce poverty, as at the taxation system in force on 1 January 2018, the least wage earners could not fully benefit from the PND for children.
With the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) forecasting that a further 100,000 children in Scotland will be pushed into poverty by 2020, the politician urged the Scottish Government to include plans to top-up child benefit
payments in its 2018-19 budget.
But the parties were met with fierce criticism over the last minute change in the child benefit
plan, which was originally intended to go to all households regardless of their income.
Since 2013, working families where one parent earns more than PS50,000 per year face a high income child benefit
charge, which can wipe out some or all of the value of their child benefit
on a sliding scale.
And the child benefit
plan is estimated to cost around PS256million a year - small change from Holyrood's PS32billion budget.
Under the current system, a parent, usually a mother, receiving child benefit
for a child under 12 gets a year of national insurance (NI) credits towards their state pension record.
What will cause even more outrage is the disclosure that the Department of Social Protection is paying more than [euro]1million a month to families claiming child benefit
for kids living in Poland and a dozen other states.
Based on the current year, your wife will be receiving Child Benefit
There are currently 4,779 families living outside the State claiming child benefit
handouts for 7,673 children.
The firm is paid PS90,000 a year to give out the form and claims that around 82 per cent of child benefit
payments are made as a result of the forms it hands out.
The increase in child benefit
, which can be given to seven children only, will cost the Stat a total of KD 83 million, MP Mohammad Al-Jabri, the rapporteur of the parliamentary committee, told reporters following a committee session held on Sunday.
The new High Income Child Benefit
Charge however puts these benefits at risk for many families, triggering a drop in annual household income of up to PS1,752 at current rates for those with two children, or up to PS2,449 for those with three.