By Rebecca Burn-Callander Monday, 07 January 2013

'I used child benefits to go on nice holidays', says Boris Johnson

Mayor Boris Johnson has praised the 'heroic' government for cutting child benefits for households earning more than £60,000. His family made about £50,000 from the scheme, he admits, and 'used this astonishing state largesse on all sorts of discretionary spending.'

The Johnson family received child benefits for going on 20 years, BoJo writes in The Telegraph, which amounts to exactly £47,547.40 in total.

'I can’t pretend that without this dosh they [the kids] would have been deprived of bootees or SMA milk powder or scented nappy bags,' he says. 'Like many other families we have been able to use this astonishing state largesse - the thick end of fifty grand - on all sorts of discretionary spending.

'We’re looking at 10 half-decent ski holidays here, or about five luxury safaris. We could have laid down a cellarful of Chateau Lafite, or picked up an Old Master drawing, or a share of a lovely little place in Spain...'

Well done, Boris. Showing you're 'a man of the people' again...

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