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Amber Rudd challenged on child poverty and the two-child benefit limit

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The SNP has challenged Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Amber Rudd MP, to scrap the hated two-child cap and avoid impoverishing half of children in three-child families.

During Questions in the Commons today, SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson Neil Gray MP highlighted research from the Church of England and the Child Poverty Action Group which showed that women in the UK are being forced to choose between having an abortion or poverty.

The Scottish Government introduced the new Scottish Child Payment last week that will provide eligible families with £10 a week for every child under 16 by the end of 2022, with children under six set to gain in advance from early 2021.

The Child Poverty Action Group said “you could not design a better policy to increase child poverty than the Tory government’s two-child cap, while also describing the new Scottish Child Payment as “an absolute game changer in the fight to end child poverty”.

A near empty food cupboard. Photo: Oxfam.

Commenting, Neil Gray MP said: “The Secretary of State will have left a clear legacy if she is pushed out of Whitehall under a new Tory leader – while Westminster impoverishes its poorest, the SNP in Holyrood empowers those who need helping hand.

“It’s time to make the Secretary of State’s legacy about helping those who need it most instead of peddling the Tory spin on the hated two-child cap, which the evidence shows is forcing women into having abortions rather than bringing up their children in austerity-driven poverty.

“It’s time for the Tories to reverse the damage of toxic austerity policies over the past decade.”

He continued: “In stark contrast to the UK government, the Scottish Government’s new Scottish Child Payment has been hailed as a ‘game changer’ for families struggling across Scotland after a decade of callous Tory welfare cuts.

“The UK government must open their eyes to the wealth of evidence that shows the damaging impact of Tory cuts and match the Scottish Government’s ambition for tackling child poverty head on through policies based on fairness and compassion.

“While the Scottish Government is doing all it can to tackle child poverty, Holyrood cannot be expected to mitigate every bad policy from Westminster.

“The Tories have failed our poorest families – only with the full powers of independence is Scotland best equipped to deliver for those who need it most.”

Disclaimer: This is an official press release from the Scottish National Party. Images added by Welfare Weekly.

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