Tax credits ‘rape clause’ criticised amid privacy concerns

Procedures facing women who wish to claim an exception to a two-child limit for tax credits and universal credit, for children conceived as a result of rape, have been condemned by the children’s commissioner for Scotland as well as Scottish politicians …

A woman claiming the exception will have to prove that the child was conceived as a result of rape, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told an audience at the Women in the World conference in New York City on April 6. “It’s a disgusting and disgraceful policy, but that policy has been introduced by a woman prime minister. It’s not enough to be a woman in politics, you have to do the right thing with the power you’ve got,” Sturgeon said.

A House of Lords committee has questioned whether the exception “can ever be made to work.” But the Department for Work and Pensions said it was important to “have an exception in place to support claimants in these circumstances.” Read more:

My news story for Tax Analysts, April 11 (paywall)

HMRC/DWP guidance: Support for a child conceived without your consent