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Child Tax Credits Rape Clause
Responding to Ruth Davidson’s comments on the child tax credit rape clause, Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie said:
“The Scottish Tories heartless response to the implementation of the child tax credits rape clause demonstrates an outrageous disregard for those women affected by this callous policy.
“No woman who has been the victim of rape should be required to prove so in order to access social security payments.
“Ruth Davidson’s claim that the Scottish Parliament could mitigate these policies by introducing a new social security payment in Scotland is astonishing and much like the comment that this policy is being implemented “in the most sensitive way possible” belies the fact that it is staggeringly unfair and insensitive policy in the first place.
“The Scottish Conservatives stance shows that they are nothing but apologists for the brutal acts of the UK Government.
“I once again call on the UK Government to scrap this outrageous policy immediately.”
John lodged the following motion in the Scottish Parliament recently:
Motion Number: S5M-05030
Lodged By: John Finnie
Date Lodged: 03/04/2017
Title: Scottish Women's Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland Refuse to Support the So-called Rape Clause
That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by Scottish Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland that they will not co-operate with the UK Government’s so-called Rape Clause in relation to child tax credits; understands that the policy will cap child tax credit entitlement for families at two children, unless they can prove, with third-party certification, that any subsequent children were as a result of rape; further understands that this policy, which is due to be implemented on 6 April 2017, has no third sector supporters in Scotland; agrees with the Scottish Government’s Minister for Social Security that the policy is a "fundamental violation of human rights", and calls on the UK Government to reverse it at once.
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