‘Cruel’ plan to cut child benefits from large families stopped

‘Cruel’ plan to cut child benefits from large families stopped

January 11, 2019

‘Cruel’ plan to remove child benefits from 15,000 more families if they have a third baby is shelved

  • Work and Pensions Secretary to axe plan to cut child benefits from large families
  • Amber Rudd will say in a speech the extension is to be axed as it was ‘not right’
  • Miss Rudd will also confirm a slowdown in the ‘managed migration’ of three million benefit claimants on to universal credit

A ‘cruel’ plan to remove child benefits from large families is to be axed.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd will today reveal she is abandoning controversial proposals to apply the so-called ‘two-child rule’ retrospectively.

The rule stops families who had two children when it was introduced in April 2017 from receiving benefits of £2,780 a year for each additional baby.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd will today reveal she is abandoning controversial proposals to apply the so-called ‘two-child rule’ retrospectively [File photo]

But, under plans due to come in next month, the rule was set to be extended to large families with children born before April 2017, which would have hit another 15,000 families. 

However, Miss Rudd will today say in a speech that the extension is to be axed, as it was ‘not right’. 

She will add: ‘These parents made decisions about the size of their family when the previous system was the only system in place.’


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Miss Rudd’s move comes after the Commons work and pensions committee branded the plans to retrospectively extend the cap as ‘cruel’.

Miss Rudd will also confirm a slowdown in the ‘managed migration’ of three million benefit claimants on to universal credit, a controversial system replacing a number of benefits. 

She is expected to ask MPs to first approve another pilot scheme covering 10,000 people.

The rule stops families who had two children when it was introduced in April 2017 from receiving benefits of £2,780 a year for each additional baby. But, under plans due to come in next month, the rule was set to be extended to large families with children born before April 2017, which would have hit another 15,000 families [File photo]

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