Has anyone else in Britain lost their child benefit? As of January 2012, ours stopped. Of course I knew this was going to happen but I never really gave it much thought. I always considered it (and still do) to be something too good to be true – a bonus that I didn’t deserve and something I felt lucky to have because if we were raising our family in the States, we wouldn’t have this. However, this month I am feeling the difference that NOT having it has made to my bank account! I was looking at my budgets this month wondering why I didn’t have any money in my account. Of course xmas expenditure contributed to my lack of funds, but not having the child benefit cash injection has seriously thrown my finances out of whack. I really shouldn’t be surprised by this and am feeling somewhat silly for being naive about the reality of what child benefit has done for, and is still doing for some, British families and what I thought it would be like not having it anymore.

Is anyone else in the same boat?