‘Two-child policy’ cuts benefits of more than 70,000 families
From The Guardian: More than 70,000 low-income families lost at least £2,800 each last year after having their entitlement to benefits taken away as a result of the Tory government’s “two-child policy”, official figures show.
The statistics reveal that during the first year of operation, 59% of the 73,500 families who lost financial support for a third child were in work. Nine per cent of UK claimant households with three or more children were affected.
Campaigners said the number of families affected by the policy would drive up UK poverty levels, putting an estimated 200,000 children into hardship.
The policy means households claiming child tax credit or universal credit, who have a third or subsequent child born after 6 April 2017, are unable to claim a child element worth £2,780 a year for these children.