Tory ‘rape clause’ starts to fall apart: how can a woman be denied benefit for being raped in the wrong order?

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“Punish the rapist, not the victim”: Campaigners against the so-called ‘rape clause’ have been trying to overturn the rule for years.

We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.

The experience of the lady involved in this story shows that the Tories are discriminating unfairly between rape victims.

They’re saying that a person can have two children and still receive the child element of Universal Credit for a third born of rape, only if it was the third, and born after April 2017.

This clearly discriminates against mothers who have had first or second children as a result of rape, because they are then forbidden from claiming the child element of UC for a third child that they wanted.

Both situations involve two children not born of rape and one that is, but only one qualifies for the benefit.

That is unfair.

I hope someone takes a case through the courts. Perhaps this is a job for public interest solicitors like Leigh Day, who seem to have done very well with other benefit-related cases recently?

Then, with luck, we’ll be able to force the Tories to u-turn on this despicable rule that humiliates women who have already suffered too much.

Source: DWP denies mum Universal Credit for her child because she was raped in the wrong order – Mirror Online

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3 thoughts on “Tory ‘rape clause’ starts to fall apart: how can a woman be denied benefit for being raped in the wrong order?

  1. SteveH

    Is callousness part of the Tory DNA

    Coronavirus latest – The families of NHS and social care workers who die from coronavirus will lose welfare benefits if they receive a payout under the government’s Covid-19 compensation scheme, it has emerged. The £60,000 lump sum breaches capital limits rules for most benefits, such as universal credit, housing benefit and pension credit. Labour wants the families affected to be made exempt from capital limits rules

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I did my piece on this before I saw your comment but it would have been a good heads-up. Cheers.

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