28 Jan 2016

In response to the Government’s decision to exempt some groups from the two child cap contained in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, Sam Royston, Policy Director at The Children’s Society, said:

'The Government’s two child cap on tax credits is deeply unfair and short-sighted and will make it much harder for low income families to provide their children with basic essentials.

'While we are pleased that the Government has announced exemptions for families who look after a child relative or loved one, it is still refusing to protect a range of other vulnerable groups including families whose lives change unexpectedly through the death of a parent, disability, or through breakup or remarriage.

'We will continue to press ministers to protect the full range of vulnerable families.'

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Notes to editors:

  • The Welfare Reform and Work Bill contains a range of measures including introducing a two child limit on receipt of the child element of tax credits and Universal Credit.
  • The Children’s Society has helped change children’s stories for over a century. We expose injustice and address hard truths, tackling child poverty and neglect head-on. We fight for change based on the experiences of every child we work with and the solid evidence we gather. Through our campaigning, commitment and care, we are determined to give every child in this country the greatest possible chance in life.