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S5W-06494: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the potential impact on victims, whether it has notified the UK Government of its position on the so-called tax credit “rape clause” proposal in which, to avoid losing tax credits, a woman who has a third child as the result of rape would have to justify her decision to keep the child.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 31 January 2017

The Scottish Government wrote to the Minister of State for Welfare Reform on 15 December 2016 about the UK Government's proposals for “Exceptions to the limiting of the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children”.

The letter made clear that the Scottish Government is fundamentally opposed both to the policy in its entirety and the way in which the UK Government plans to implement it. There is no acceptable process which can ever be put in place which requires a woman being forced to disclose being raped in order to access social security.