Is your Bath household one of more than 1,300 to lose children benefit?
More than 1,300 households in Bath will lose child benefit under controversial government cuts which have come into force.
Official figures reveal at least 1,380 families in the city will have the payment reduced or stopped.
In North East Somerset the number is 1,360, North Wiltshire 2,100, South West Wiltshire 1,030, and Chippenham 1,490.
And the numbers are likely to be higher as these are those households that HM Revenue and Customs had managed to identify and write to ahead of the changes.
Under the reforms, families where one parent earns more than £50,000 will have their benefit reduced on a sliding scale, and will lose the payment completely once their salary hits £60,000.
The Prime Minister has defended the move insisting the reforms were “fundamentally fair”, and that the top 15 per cent of earners needed to make a contribution to cutting the deficit.
But Labour has warned many families, which have not opted out of claiming the benefit, now faced having cash clawed back through complicated self-assessment tax returns.
Critics also point to anomalies where two parents both earning £49,000 would keep the benefit, while a household with a single-earner on £60,000 would lose all of it.
Child benefit currently stands at £20.30 a week for the first child and £13.40 for each child after that.
The change will cost families with three children and at least one parent earning more than £60,000 about £2,450 a year.
But David Cameron has insisted: “It’s the right approach. If someone in a household is earning is earning more than £60,000 they should not be receiving child benefit.”
However Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said: “It’s just another example of parents and working families being asked to pay for the Government’s failure to get Britain back to work.
“It’s a big con to suggest it’s the feckless and slackers being asked to foot the bill.”
It comes as the Tory-led coalition and Labour square up over plans to cap benefits.
The Government argue that increases in many working age benefits have outstripped rises in private sector pay, although this is disputed by opponents.
Plans have been put forward to break the traditional link between benefit rises and inflation.
Instead there will be a three-year cap of one per cent, well below the expected rise in the cost of living, on most working-age benefits and tax credits.
However, carer and disability benefits would continue to rise in line with inflation.
But critics say the squeeze will hit low and middle-income families and punish the poorest.
Labour have stressed it will hit working households receiving tax credits, rather than just the unemployed.
Official data shows there are 4,100 families in Bath in receipt of working tax credits, which provides financial support for those on low incomes.
Labour is opposing the benefits cap, and has instead proposed a new compulsory job scheme for anyone who has been looking for work for more than two years.