Tax credits cap could break up families, UK Government told : Welfare Weekly.

Tories accused of ‘callously’ ignoring the financial needs of many of UK’s poorest families.

The Conservatives have been accused of “callously” ignoring the financial needs of many of the poorest families in society, as the Scottish Green Party call on the UK Government to urgently reconsider its cap on Child Tax Credits for more than two children.

The controversial two-child cap, which also affects families claiming Universal Credit, came into force in earlier this year and severely limits Child Tax Credit awards to no more than two children per household.

John Dickie of the Child Poverty Action Group told Alison Johnstone, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, that the policy is “undermining what we mean by social security” and could push an extra 200,000 UK children into poverty.

At today’s meeting of Holyrood’s Social Security Committee, Mr Dickie added that around two-thirds of families affected include at least one person in work.

Read More : Welfare Weekly.

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