One year on from the introduction of the two child limit, End Child Poverty estimates that this policy will ultimately have pushed, hitting the most disadvantaged households hardest.
Published in April 2018, the report ‘Unhappy Birthday‘ argues that, together with the benefits freeze, the two child limit is “the most damaging welfare reform in terms of the long term impact on levels of child poverty.”
The report also finds the policy to be “very likely to breach” the UK’s human rights obligations:
- the right to private and family life (Article 8 of the European Convention on
- the right to marry and found a family (Article 12)
- the requirement on the UK government under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to give primary consideration to the best interests of the child
…used as the basis of a judicial review of the policy, brought by CPAG in February 2018.
This report coincided with a letter to the Times from faith leaders, urging the Government to reconsider the policy.