Thewliss has campaigned to have the two-child limit – which restricts entitlement to benefits to two children per family – repealed since it became law in April 2017.
The Child Poverty Action Group – one of a number of groups who have campaigned for the policy to be overturned – have called on the UK government to address child poverty in the Budget by restoring support for children in Universal Credit to 2013 values, lifting the two-child limit and also the benefit cap.
Commenting, Alison Thewliss MP said: “The UK government has tried time and again to justify this cruel and sinister policy, and it has failed each and every time.
“The Tories have gone to great lengths to tell us that it helps to level-up the benefits system, and that people should not rely solely on taxpayers’ money to support families.
“Yet, their own data revealed recently that 59% of households impacted by the two-child limit had at least one adult in work – which flies in the face of their stated objective.
“The continued damage that this policy will inflict on families and communities across the UK is frightening, with CPAG estimating that ending the two-child limit would mean 300,000 fewer children in poverty by 2023/24, and would prevent 1 million children being pushed even deeper into poverty.
“I have today written to the Chancellor to lay out – should he not already be aware – just how wicked this legislation is.
“He must be bold and do the right thing by families and children, and help to mitigate its effects.
“Failure to do so will only serve to highlight that this Tory UK government is indeed intent on dismantling our social security system at any cost”.