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Charities and politicians join forces to condemn ‘disgraceful’ two-child benefit cap

Scotland’s politicians and third sector organisations have joined together to condemn the “disgraceful” two-child benefit cap, and call on the UK Government to scrap the policy altogether – rather than forcing a further 150,000 Scottish children into poverty.

In a letter to Amber Rudd, front-line services such as Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, and Engender, alongside politicians, call on the DWP Secretary to scrap the two-child cap so that parents are not forced to make the heart-breaking choice of feeding their children, heating their home or falling into poverty.

SNP launch campaign against tax credits ‘rape clause’. Photo Credit: SNP/Alison Thewliss MP.

Last week, the UK government was forced into an embarrassing climb-down on the controversial extension of the two-child benefit cap last week.


The SNP have warned that this move creates an morally unacceptable “two-tier system” for families, with some families receiving payment for a third child and some families forced to go without – depending on when the child was born.

Alison Thewliss MP said: “My SNP colleagues at Westminster and Holyrood will not allow this damaging policy to be swept under the rug, as George Osborne attempted over four years ago.

“Amidst the chaos of Brexit, it is important that we don’t forget the people who will be affected by the Tories’ damaging welfare cuts.

“We will continue to pressure the UK government to put the needs of the poorest in society above the demands of the hard-right Tory cohort.”

Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd MP. Photo: Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0]

Shona Robison MSP added: “The two-child cap system has forced households across the UK into poverty, debt and destitution – it is absolutely essential that Amber Rudd scraps this absolutely disgraceful policy.

“If the Tories are not willing to scrap this disgraceful 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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