The form was released today as part of cuts introduced by the former Chancellor George Osborne [Image: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images].

I’d like to echo Huw Irranca-Davies on this: “What can you say about a government which insists you must fill in a form to claim child benefit after being raped?”

That’s not a rhetorical question. Let’s have your opinions.

Women who get pregnant as a result of rape will have to fill in an eight-page form to prove it before being granted benefits, the government has announced.

The Department for Work and Pensions and HMRC are the two offices that will asses applications for tax credits for a woman’s third child, if it was conceived without their consent.

Cuts introduced by the former Chancellor George Osborne have come into effect today, meaning that child tax credits will be limited to two children per family.

Women who need to claim for a third child, born as a result of rape, are exempt – but will need to prove that either:

“You did not, or could not, consent to the act that led to the conception of the child, or you were in a coercive or controlling relationship with the other parent of the child at or around the time of conception.”

Potential claimants will also have to get the form signed off by by a nurse, social care worker or health care specialist.

Source: Government Releases Form You Have To Fill In If You Want To Claim Child Benefit After Being Raped

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