Corri Wilson, local MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, has called on her constituents to help reject plans from the Tory Government to restrict tax credits to two children and introduce a ‘medieval’ rape clause for vulnerable women who have been raped.
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.
Ms Wilson believes that women having to prove that they had been raped to civil servants in order to receive social security payments is morally wrong and would cause needless additional trauma, as well as being completely unworkable in practice. SNP politicians have also branded the two child policy as being ‘tantamount to social engineering’.
After 15 months of SNP campaigning, the UK Government has finally relented and put the policy out to public consultation.
Now, Ms Wilson is calling on constituents to respond and reject the proposals before the consultation closes on Sunday 27th November. She is urging constituents to email email@example.com and place on record their opposition to the policy. The full consultation document can be viewed at www.gov.uk.
Corri Wilson MP said: “For fifteen months, the SNP has been fighting this 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 and could be presented as and when required. This is totally unacceptable and I’ll be making that point in my own submission.
“Put simply, this policy is anti-family and will stigmatise children. I am hopeful that by putting this out to consultation, the UK Government will finally realise that this is unworkable and immoral. I would therefore encourage everyone to respond and help defeat this proposal.”