Church lead­ers: Scrap two-child tax credit limit

Con­demned as ‘a burn­ing in­jus­tice’

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY DAN BLOOM Po­lit­i­cal Re­porter and NI­COLA BARTLETT dan.bloom@mir­ror.co.uk

SIXTY faith lead­ers yes­ter­day urged Theresa May to ditch the Tories’ “two-child” pol­icy for child tax cred­its.

The limit re­stricts sup­port given to fam­i­lies with more than two chil­dren – spark­ing fears 200,000 more young­sters will be driven into poverty.

Cler­ics marked its first an­niver­sary by call­ing for the pol­icy to be dumped.

The Bishop of Durham Paul But­ler said: “The Gov­ern­ment has an op­por­tu­nity to right this wrong by re­mov­ing its two-child limit pol­icy.

“We urge the Prime Min­is­ter to ad­dress this burn­ing in­jus­tice.”

Much crit­i­cism has fo­cused on the “rape clause”, which makes women who had a third child through rape fill out a form to prove they are ex­empt.

The Church of Eng­land, Board of Deputies of Bri­tish Jews and Mus­lim Coun­cil of Bri­tain want the limit axed.

Fam­i­lies who had a third child on or af­ter April 6, 2017, are hit as are those who make a new claim even if

The PM has an op­por­tu­nity to right this wrong by re­mov­ing the two-child limit pol­icy

BISHOP OF DURHAM ON THE PLEA FROM 60 FAITH LEAD­ERS

their off­spring were born be­fore the date. Child tax credit is worth up to £2,780 per child a year.

The £1.2bil­lion-a-year cut has led to a le­gal fight by the Child Poverty Ac­tion Group, who said: “The pol­icy says some chil­dren are less de­serv­ing.”

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