Friday, 11 January 2019 07:49



The SNP has renewed calls for the UK government to scrap the hated two-child cap and rape clause - after the latest U-turn on the policy by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The call follows an admission by Secretary of State Amber Rudd that the current Tory policy is flawed and “not right”, and the news that the UK government will finally ditch the extension of the two-child limit to Universal Credit for children born before April 2017 – originally due to be implemented from 1 February 2019.

Alison Thewliss MP, who first uncovered the cruel policy in the then-Chancellor George Osborne's Budget in 2015, and has led the campaign to scrap the two-child cap and rape clause, said Tory ministers were only tinkering at the edges with minor changes that “does not go anywhere near far enough”.

Commenting, Alison Thewliss MP said:

“This latest Tory U-turn does not go anywhere near far enough. The two child cap and rape clause is still set to push hundreds of thousands of children into poverty and must be scrapped.

“This disgraceful UK government policy has been condemned by the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty and a multitude of charities and welfare advice professionals. It is discriminatory at its core, and hits women and BAME families hardest - which the DWP is well aware of.

“Amber Rudd’s announcement is a welcome admission that this cruel Tory policy is deeply flawed - but merely tinkering at the edges with minor changes will not help the majority of families who are still set to suffer.

“The risk with what the UK Government is now proposing is that two classes of family emerge; those with third or subsequent children born after the 6th of April 2017, who will continue to fall victim to the two child policy, and those with children born before who won’t.

“Those families with children born after the 6th of April 2017 will still be subject to the two child cap and rape clause, and will still be forced to fight for exemptions to feed their kids. This will cause confusion and perpetuate unfairness.

“If the Tories are not willing to scrap this hated policy for everyone then they should devolve the powers to the Scottish Parliament so we can build a truly fair and equal social security system that meets Scotland’s needs and values.”

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