I am interested to learn how much extra they get in child tax credit due to the disability of the son. Anyone know how to work it out?
£2950 for a disabled child pa, + a further £1190 if they are severely disabled.
Now, consider the fall in birth rate to younger mothers and the rise in the birth rate to older mothers. Consider the increase in the use of IVF, consider the increased likelihood of birth defects in older mothers and those using IVF. Consider the increasing amounts of disabled children being born to these older mothers. Consider the cost, but also consider the health of the future society.
Here is a quote from Polybius over 2200 years ago...
The fact is that the people of Hellas had entered the false path of ostentation, avarice and laziness, and were therefore becoming unwilling to marry, or, if they did marry, to bring up the children born to them; the majority were only willing to bring up at most one or two, in order to leave them wealthy and to spoil them in their childhood; and in consequence of all this the evil had been spreading rapidly before it was observed.
Where there are families of one or two children, of whom war claims one and disease the other for its victim, it is an evident and inevitable consequence that households should be left desolate and that states, precisely like beehives, should gradually lose their reserves and sink into impotence.
On this subject there is no need whatsoever to inquire of the gods as to how we are to be saved from the cancer. The plain man will answer that, first and foremost, we must save ourselves, either by changing our obsession or alternatively by making it illegal not to bring up every child that is born.
Edited by Seasonally Employed Youth, 21 February 2012 - 02:20 PM.