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Child benefit reforms under fire as parents fail to opt out

• The Guardian

Less than a fifth of the 1.1 million families who will lose all their child benefit under reforms coming in on Monday have so far opted out of receiving the payment.

Around 200,000 households have given up their right to child benefit ahead of the changes that critics have warned will cause administrative chaos and exacerbate family breakdown.

Lin Homer, head of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), said twice as many families as expected had already opted out of receiving the payment and claimed administration costs were lower than estimated.

But the figure is just a sixth of the 1.6 million families who will be affected by the reforms, of whom 70% (1.1 million) will lose all their child benefit.