SASW, BASW Cymru and BASW Northern Ireland support joint Children's Commissioners letter calling for urgent end to two child policy
On the 21st of May 2021, the Children's Commisioners for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland wrote an open letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, calling for an end to the two-child limit on Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit.
The Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW), BASW Cymru and BASW Northern Ireland wholeheartedly support the Commissioner's joint efforts in condemning this. The two-child policy has clearly breached children's human rights. The fall-out from this discriminatory policy has only been to increase poverty and pressure for those families often least-best placed to absorb reduced finance. We hope that the pandemic has alerted politicians across the UK to the detrimental impact of poverty on the wellbeing of families pushed towards crisis. The devolved governments have, and continue to use their powers to address poverty in their nations. but remain constrained by the UK-wide tax system and social security policy determined at Westminster. Children are entitled to state support through their position as citizens, the same as their older siblings.