Originally Posted by toxicnerve
Because I daresay that those in line to receive those bonuses are already on signifcant salaries and we are trying to pay down the deficit.
Do you think it's ok to remove child benefit which is supposed to be an incentive to have children (with a view to them supporting our aging population as they grow up and start working/paying taxes)?
You're implying that people who receive bonuses will stop performing to the best of their ability and performance levels would drop.
Using that logic, the removal of child benefit will disincentivise people from having children, or maybe they will have only one child per family. So you have an aging population with fewer an fewer working/contributing people younger than them for support.
Of course the world doesn't work like. People will still have children regardless of child benefit being taken away. In the same breath, those public sector workers who are in it for the bonus may (or may not) walk away from their jobs if bonuses are taken away. That doesn't mean there will not be many, many people willing to fill those posts for a basic salary that I imagine is a fair chunk over £50,000p/a.
Just a thought.
Not all are on significant salaries and some need their bonuses to go on holiday etc.
I do believe performance would drop - its an incentive to perform to your best and implement what the business wants. If people walk away into the private sector to earn those bonuses then their jobs will need to be filled. This in itself leads to poor performance in the short term whilst knowledge and experience is gained.
Dropping child benefit completely would reduce the population in my opinion (whether this is a good thing or bad is not what I'm discussing). The ones that can't afford kids without this benefit would have to think long and hard about whether they can live on the money they are receiving. A family with one partner earning 44k and the other one looking after the family (avoiding childcare costs) is on an everage income of 22k each. This is hardly big pay. In my opinion , they shoudn't have child benefit removed - it's scandalous.
"Cut your cloth" - "it's Labours fault" etc will not wash with me. These are my opinions