Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Brock calls for support to scrap the rape clause

 Deidre Brock MP has called on constituents to support the petition to scrap the UK Government's rape clause.

Proposals from the Conservative Government - which aims to limit child tax credits to just two children - would require a woman who has a third child as the result of rape to justify her position in order to avoid losing the benefit..

Speaking from the House of Commons, Deidre said:

"The policy on limiting tax credits to the first two children is appalling, but to put a woman who has been raped in a position where she needs to declare that to a government official is just abhorrent. This also stigmatises the child involved, which is surely against the UN convention on the rights of the child. This proposal has no place in the twenty-first century and must be dropped immediately.

"The SNP has raised this issue on the floor of the House of Commons on numerous occasions - yet the Government still can't explain how it will work and remains hell bent on pressing ahead with this draconian procedure.

"I would urge as many people as possible to visit www.scraptherapeclause.co.uk and add their voice to the many others calling upon the Government to drop this appalling proposal."

NOTES

More information about the Government's proposed rape clause can be found here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/thousands-sign-petition-to-scrap-tories-child-benefit-rape-clause-a6819111.html

The SNP first identified the issue in July 2015 when the clause was buried in page 88 of the Chancellor's summer budget.

The petition can be signed at www.scraptherapeclause.co.uk

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

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