Esther McVey: child tax credit ‘rape clause’ is opportunity for victims

Minister says having to reveal a rape in order to receive child tax credits offers survivors ‘potentially double support’

The work and pensions secretary, Esther McVey, has been criticised for telling Holyrood’s social security committee that the controversial benefits rape clause provided an opportunity for sexual assault victims – and described victims talking about their rape to DWP staff as offering “potentially double support”.

Under measures introduced by the Westminster government, women may only claim child support tax credits for a third or subsequent child if they can prove they were as a result of giving birth to twins, adopting, or due to a “non-consensual conception”.

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