So, here is a nice short post from Snafu (sorry for quoting in full) that sums up my feelings (and if anyone has the answers to Snafu's questions, do feel free to let me know).
How many of the 5.5m children "living in, or on the brink of poverty" have parents who can afford to drink and smoke!?!
Who is responsible for "lifting" Karen Matthews' family out of poverty when she has had seven children by five different fathers.
Government targets for reducing child poverty should focus on discouraging the feckless and work shy from having more and more children rather than paying them more and more.
Although I sympathise with the children, they are seeing little benefit anyway: it is far better to stop people viewing children as an economic asset rather than... y'know... a human being, than to keep on paying people to procreate. It's not helping the children, amongst other things.
Let's set a date, nine months from now, from which point there will be no child benefit. At all. No preferential place on the housing list, no Child Benefits, nothing.
Give people the information and watch the pregnancy rate fall like a fucking stone.