Even more children across the UK are set to be hit by the “poverty trap” two child benefit cap from next February as the Tory cut affects more families.
This is part of UK Government’s continuing welfare changes and limits the amount families can claim and receive in state benefits, such as Child Tax Credit and the child element in Universal Credit, to just two children.
The two-child cap on new benefit claims has until now applied to children born after 2017 – meaning larger families who had children before the introduction of the cap were not affected.
But from next month, the cap will apply to all new claimants – regardless of when the child was born.
This will mean families who face a change of circumstances, such as separation or job loss, will be affected.
The cap also means that women must disclose if their child was born as a result of rape or coercion if they are to receive the financial support their child is eligible for – known as the rape clause.
The Child Poverty Action Group has argued that “if you set out to design a policy that was targeted to increase child poverty, then you could not do much better than the two-child limit.”
Commenting, SNP MSP Bruce Crawford said: “Tory welfare cuts have been a disaster – with the roll-out of Universal Credit causing utter misery for many in my constituency and across Scotland.
“The two-child cap is a particularly unfair and vindictive approach, which will cause real problems for struggling families.
“Any one of us could face a job loss or a family break-up.
“The entire point of the welfare state should be to stop a change of circumstances turning into a crisis.
“It’s time for the UK government to stop this poverty trap in its tracks.”