Cameron vows not to slash child benefit

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:32 GMT, May 2, 2015 |

David Cameron has declared a Conservative government would not cut child benefit, in an attempt to close down a row over the allowance as Labour accused him of repeatedly failing to rule out restricting it.

The prime minister had made no guarantees he would not cut, restrict or means-test child benefit since early Thursday, when the Liberal Democrats revealed a document proposing such changes in 2012.  The Tories say the paper was commissioned by Danny Alexander, the Lib Dem treasury minister who leaked it. Alexander has said it was put forward by senior Tories.

Cameron was pressed on the issue on the BBC’s Question Time on Thursday night and again in Leeds on Friday morning – both times failing to rule out cuts. But by Friday afternoon, Cameron told the foreign media : “We are not cutting child benefit, we are keeping child benefit … It is an absolutely crucial benefit and with me as prime minister, it stays.”