rape clause

Our welfare reforms are ­incentivising work

Women who have a child conceived due to rape will have to fill in an eight-page form to prevent the UK Government from withdrawing their tax credits.

UK Government ministers want to cut tax credit payments to families with more than two children but previously said children conceived as a result of rape or an otherwise coercive relationship will be exempt from the cap.

The UK Government policy stipulates that the civil service will have to assess whether a woman has been raped when she makes a tax credit claim.

The Scottish Conservatives Party last night gave their defence of the UK Government “rape clause” on welfare payments. The Scottish Conservatives have insisted it is the “most sensitive way” to deal with a new two-child cap on tax credits.

A ­Scottish Conservatives Party spokesman said: “We believe women who have been raped and, as a ­consequence, have a child should be granted an exemption from these benefit restrictions.”

“That’s exactly what this measure does in the most ­sensitive way possible.”

SNP MSP Sandra White has said: “These comments by the Scottish Tories are absolutely outrageous and show just how far they are prepared to go to back up their bosses at Westminster. To say that the rape clause is ‘the most sensitive way possible’ to manage benefits beggars belief.”

“The UK Government must rethink this disgraceful policy – and the Scottish Tories should do the decent thing and add their voices to calls for it to be scrapped.”

Anti-clause SNP MP Alison Thewliss said: “What’s most horrifying is the rape clause, which is a vile policy in total chaos.” “Ministers are willing to give an exemption to those women whose third child was conceived as a result of rape but they want them to prove this in a traumatic assessment from healthcare professionals and social workers. This is utterly appalling.”

A DWP spokesman said: “Our welfare reforms are ­incentivising work and restoring fairness to the system for those who need it as well as the taxpayers who fund it.” “Across the UK we continue to spend around £90billion a year supporting people who are out of work, disabled or a carer, bringing up a family or on a low income.”

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