| Currently there is a cap that means
a parent can only claim child tax credit for two
children. However they are exempt if they have another
child by "non-consensual conception".
The government said it had introduced the limit
for a claimant's first two children, because it
wanted "people on benefits to make the same
choices as those supporting themselves solely through
Exemptions were announced for those adopting children,
those involved in care and for multiple births,
as well as those who had a child conceived "as
a result of a sexual act which you didn't or couldn't
consent to" or "at a time when you were
in an abusive relationship, under ongoing control
or coercion by the other parent of the child".
However, this policy discriminates against those
who have a child conceived under normal circumstances
and forces victims of rape to endure additional
trauma, by making them prove they had been raped
just to receive child benefits. As well as the requirement
to prove they were raped, they are also expected
to fill in a form of their declaration which must
be verified by a third party professional.
We feel this is simply unfair and discrimination
by the state. We urge the government to rethink
the child tax credit system to treat all claimants
with respect and dignity.
Published: February 2018
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