Date lodged: 25 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the UK Government's recently published document, Consultation response - Exceptions to the limiting of the individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 February 2017
The Scottish Government is fundamentally opposed to this policy which will have a devastating impact on low income families in Scotland. Latest published estimates are that this policy will cut UK Welfare spend by a further 1.6 billion by 2020-21. DWP’s own impact assessment found that more than 600,000 families will receive a lower entitlement by 2020-21 and, once the policy is fully rolled out, this figure will rise to 3.7 million. We have raised our concerns direct with UK Government Ministers and it is disgraceful that they have has chosen to ignore the serious concerns raised by the public and many other stakeholders.