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UC: MP brandishes 'rape clause' form in Commons in blast at two-child limit 15 Jan 2019 08:19 #12951

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Alison Thewliss demanded the "cruel and pernicious" two-child limit on benefits is scrapped

An MP has brandished a "rape clause" form in the House of Commons in a furious blast at the Tory policy.

Alison Thewliss clutched the eight-page document as she attacked "cruel and pernicious" rules under new benefit Universal Credit.

Since April 2017, people can only claim Child Tax Credits or Universal Credit for their first two children, a cut of up to £2,780 per child.

There are exceptions for some children including those born of rape. But raped mums must fill out an 8-page government form - hitting nearly 200 women in the policy's first year.

The SNP MP warned the policy is "forcing women into termination healthy pregnancies".

And she slammed ministers for cancelling an extension of the limit to 15,000 children born before April 2017 - yet defending it overall as "fair".

Ms Thewliss told welfare minister Alok Sharma: "Why does he feel this policy, with its cruel and pernicious policy with this form, must continue even though it's been ruled unfair for other people?

"Does he not see this creates a two tier system in Universal Credit depending when children were born?"

Labour's Margaret Greenwood demanded the two-child limit on benefits was scrapped altogether - and Universal Credit was halted.

Yet Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister Mr Sharma told the Commons: "We do believe the overall policy is fair.

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