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Labour ‘will stop benefits if parents refuse MMR jab’

No MMR jab? Lose your benefits say Labour
No MMR jab? Lose your benefits say Labour

Parents who refuse to allow their children to have the MMR vaccination could be set to lose their benefits under plans announced by Labour.

Under plans being considered by Jon Cruddas, Labour’s policy chief, child benefit would be paid only to parents who could prove that their children’s vaccination records were up to date.

Mr Cruddas, MP for Dagenham & Rainham, is championing it as a way of attaching “conditionality” to benefits and services provided by the state.

The move, announced at the Labour party conference, is set to be controversial with many parents.

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