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Church leaders: Scrap two-child tax credit limit; Condemned as 'a burning injustice'.

Byline: DAN BLOOM Political Reporter and NICOLA BARTLETT

SIXTY faith leaders yesterday urged Theresa May to ditch the Tories' "two-child" policy for child tax credits.

The limit restricts support given to families with more than two children - sparking fears 200,000 more youngsters will be driven into poverty. Clerics marked its first anniversary by calling for the policy to be dumped.

The Bishop of Durham Paul Butler said: "The Government has an opportunity to right this wrong by removing its two-child limit policy.

"We urge the Prime Minister to address this burning injustice."

Much criticism has focused on the "rape clause", which makes women who had a third child through rape fill out a form to prove they are exempt.

The Church of England, Board of Deputies of British Jews and Muslim Council of Britain want the limit axed.

Families who had a third child on or after April 6, 2017, are hit as are those who make a new claim even if their offspring were born before the date. Child tax credit is worth up to PS2,780 per child a year.

The PS1.2billion-a-year cut has led to a legal fight by the Child Poverty Action Group, who said: "The policy says some children are less deserving."

The PM has an opportunity to right this wrong by removing the two-child limit policy BISHOP OF DURHAM ON THE PLEA FROM 60 FAITH LEADERS

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2018
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