Wealthy Parents will be able to hand back the €140-a-month child benefit payment to the State if they wish, under new measures being drawn up by Government officials.
Some well-off parents have commented in recent months that there is no way to opt out of child benefit payments, which are paid automatically to some 600,000 families every month. They cost the State about €2 billion a year.
However, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has asked officials to make whatever technical changes are required in order for parents to be able to refuse the payment.
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