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China’s en­forced two-child pol­icy pro­vokes in­ter­na­tional out­rage – even though Harry and Meghan have just vol­un­tar­ily adopted it.

Only an op­pres­sive com­mu­nist regime would be so cruel, right? Wrong.

The UK does it. And the Child Poverty Ac­tion Group showed how grim that is.

Nearly 600,000 kids are af­fected, six in 10 in work­ing fam­i­lies strug­gling to make ends meet.

The limit re­stricts Universal

Credit and tax credits worth £2,780 a year to the first two chil­dren. As CPAG boss Ali­son Garn­ham (pic­tured) says, child three wouldn’t be turned away from hos­pi­tal or school – yet they are de­nied es­sen­tial fi­nan­cial sup­port.

She adds: “This nasty pol­icy says some chil­dren are more de­serv­ing than oth­ers.”

Third chil­dren shoul­der the bur­den of elder sib­lings blam­ing them for los­ing school trips, foot­ball clubs or swim­ming lessons.

And some ba­bies are de­nied life when their mums are forced into ter­mi­nat­ing preg­nan­cies rather than giv­ing birth to a third mouth they can­not af­ford to feed. Matt Han­cock and Am­ber Rudd really should get to­gether.

Not in a “go get a room” sense, more in a data shar­ing way. Wel­fare Sec­re­tary Am­ber knows who’s on benefits and qual­i­fies for free pre­scrip­tions.

Health Sec­re­tary Matt doesn’t, and so far this year has fined 829,626 patients for claim­ing free­bies fraud­u­lently.

But he falsely ac­cused 103,455 – one in eight – who had penal­ties can­celled. What a Han-cock-up.

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