Lifting the benefit cap in Scotland and ending the so-called ‘rape clause’ could lift 15,000 Scots out of poverty, a think tank has claimed.
Researchers at IPPR Scotland said the move would cost £120 million a year and could help ministers fulfil “Scotland’s strong targets on reducing poverty”.
It argued funding to councils could be increased, allowing them to compensate those families affected by the UK Government’s decision to limit child tax credits to two children.
A clause in the rules means mothers who have a third child as a result of rape can be exempted but would have to provide evidence in order to do so.
While mitigating the policy would cost £120 million a year, IPPR Scotland said it would lift 10,000 children and 5,000 adults out of poverty.
Speaking ahead of Holyrood’s first vote on the draft Budget for 2018-19, IPPR Scotland director Russell Gunson said: “Now is the time for parties across the parliament to prioritise making this year’s budget an anti-poverty budget, beginning the hard work of meeting Scotland’s strong targets on reducing poverty.”
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