Critics are outraged by policy they claim undermines women’s rights [Image: Rex].

Women whose third child is born following a sexual assault will be forced to provide evidence of the rape or face losing tax credits, under controversial plans quietly rolled out by the Government on the day Donald Trump was inaugurated.

The Government said on Friday it was pressing ahead with the most controversial element of the plan – the requirement that women report their ordeal to a third party, such as a GP or social worker, before their tax credit claim is processed.

The Government insisted the data would be treated as “extremely sensitive” and any documentation sent to claimants will not include the reason for the additional payments.

But it comes after the DWP was accused of revealing a domestic violence victim’s identity to her abuser.

Source: Government accused of using Trump inauguration to sneak out controversial tax credit ‘rape clause’

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