MP attacks Tory’s ‘medieval’ tax credits policy

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows holding the tax credits consultation document
Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows holding the tax credits consultation document
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Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows is calling upon her constituents to help reject tax credit plans she claims are ‘tantamount to social engineering’.

Last year the UK Government announced plans to restrict tax credits to two children and force women to provide evidence of exceptional circumstances, such as rape, to claim tax credits for a third child from April next year.

The UK Government has put the policy out to public consultation and Mrs Fellows is asking people to respond and reject the proposals before the consultation closes on Sunday, November 27.

She said: “For 15 months, the SNP has been fighting this Tory government’s medieval plans to introduce a rape clause and a two child policy, which is tantamount to social engineering.

“It has been suggested by the Government that a letter be issued to survivors of rape which they could keep to prove they were exempt from the two child policy . This is totally unacceptable and I’ll be making that point in my own submission.

“I am hopeful that by putting this out to consultation, the UK Government will finally realise this policy is unworkable and immoral. I would therefore encourage everyone to respond and help defeat this appalling Tory proposal.”

The full consultation document can be viewed here, to respond e-mail Caxton House