Children's charities predict a big jump in the number of abandoned children as a result of the government's cuts in child benefit.
'Undoubtedly many parents will want to dump their children as soon as their child benefit stops,' said a Barnardo's spokeswoman. 'When the twenty quid for the first born is withdrawn, they'll be little incentive for parents to hang on to what can be an expensive and time consuming hobby. It'll be a night drive to a distant quarry or field and - goodbye Johnny.'
The spokeswoman said the failure of past campaigns like A Child isn't just for Christmas suggested that parents weren't inclined to sentimentality. 'The modern middle-class parent prefers the cheaper option of a small dog or a cat to children.'
Father of two John Fairfax said the loss of child benefit would be a big blow. 'Of course we love the twins dearly, but not to the tune of over thirty quid a week. No, we'll have to let them go quickly or we'll be stuck with the expense of them over Christmas.'
The RSPCA said it was concerned that abandoned children could divert the public's attention from its efforts to raise money for abandoned dogs and cats.
Charities predict big increase in abandoned kids as benefit cuts bite
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