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OVER 3600 CHILDREN TO BE HIT BY TWO-CHILD CAP IN RUTHERGLEN CONSTITUENCY
Around 16 per cent of the total number of children in the Rutherglen Westminster constituency could be affected by the two-child cap, according to new research – prompting fresh calls for the UK Government to scrap the “heartless” policy.
Through recent UK Government welfare reform, low-income families who claim child tax credits or Universal Credit are now only eligible for their first two children.
An exemption exists under the so-called ‘rape clause’ which controversially requires women to prove they’ve been raped in order to qualify for a third or subsequent child.
New research from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has revealed that 160,000 families across the UK have had their income slashed by the two-child limit to-date.
The charity estimates that as a result of the policy, 300,000 children will be pushed into poverty and one million children, already in poverty, will be pushed even deeper into it by 2023/24.
CPAG believes that locally 1080 families are likely to be affected – which would include 3620 children.
Commenting, Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said:
“Social security should be a safety net for all of us, but the two-child limit is having a devastating effect on families up and down the country, with 3620 children in the Rutherglen Westminster constituency set to be affected by it.
“All families are valuable and worthy of support, but this heartless policy turns people away when they most need assistance, and leaves children to grow up in hardship – which can have lifelong consequences for their health and wellbeing.
“The Scottish Government is introducing a Scottish Child Payment to tackle child poverty and without the two-child cap, this payment could go so much further.
“The next Prime Minister should make it a priority to tackle poverty and enable children to thrive, starting with reversing the two-child limit and the horrendous associated ‘rape clause.’”
Date published: 10th July 2019