Monday, 28 November 2016 11:32

SNP MP urges UK Government to "genuinely listen" and scrap tax credit cuts

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SNP MP Alison Thewliss has urged the UK Government to "genuinely listen" and drop its two child policy and rape clause following "sincere and evidence based" concerns submitted in a public consultation.

After almost 450 days of ducking the issue, the UK Government last month quietly put its "medieval" rape clause and "disastrous" two child policy for tax credits out to public consultation, following a lengthy campaign by the SNP MP.

Yesterday (Sunday) the consultation closed for submissions and now Alison Thewliss MP is calling on the UK Government to reflect upon how entirely unworkable a rape clause would be and how disastrous implementing a two child policy would be for family finances.

Commenting after submitting her own five page consultation response, Alison Thewliss MP said:

"As the UK Government consultation on the rape clause and two child policy has now closed, I would urge policy officials and UK Ministers to genuinely listen to the very sincere and evidence based concerns I and many others have submitted.

"If implemented, we now know the rape clause will almost certainly mean that DWP decision makers - with little or no training - are going to be arbitrating on whether or not a woman was raped and whether or not her third or subsequent child should receive tax credits.

"Designing a policy and consultation which asks some of the most vulnerable women in society how they would like to prove they were raped must surely be one of the most insensitive, disgusting and degrading ideas ever to emanate from Whitehall.

"Research by the Resolution Foundation indicates that the two child policy will push an extra 200,000 children, the majority of whose families are already in-work, into child poverty by 2020. These are the very "just about managing" families that the Prime Minister claims to support.

"Whatever way you look at this, it's bad policy making, it will be disastrous and the Government must use this consultation response to scrap these awful proposals now."

Notes:

1) A copy of Alison Thewliss MP's consultation response is availble here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/4fae14f57a18ee08253ffc251/files/Alison_Thewliss_MP_response_to_rape_clause_consultation.pdf

2) A background to Ms Thewliss’ #scraptherapeclause campaign can be found here: http://scraptherapeclause.co.uk/

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