31st May 2017

Paterson Will Fight Tory Government’s Disgusting Rape Clause

Stirling’s SNP candidate, Steven Paterson, has vowed to fight to repeal the Tory Rape Clause and two-child tax credit limit.

Introduced by the Tory Government in Westminster, Child Tax Credits are restricted to supporting two children. However, the rape clause requires a mother to prove that she has been raped in order to be eligible to be fully supported if she has more than two children.

The rape clause has been condemned by the Scottish Government and the SNP manifesto for the 2017 general election has set out the SNP’s opposition to the policy.

Commenting, Steven Paterson said:

“The two-child Tax Credit limit punishes ordinary working people for having children. It is a policy from an out-of-touch and right wing Tory government that believes a third child in a family of a poorer background should not have the same starting chance in life as their older siblings. 

“In stark contrast, the SNP Scottish Government has invested in closing the attainment gap in our schools so that we can work towards children having access to the same opportunities in life, no matter the background they come from – and the introduction of the Baby Box symbolises a very different approach, highlighting how important it is to us that every child is given the best possible start.

“The disgusting rape clause is shameful and ill-judged and requires a woman to go through a demeaning process of proving she has been raped in order to receive support for her children. It is wrong and I will fight it in any way I possibly can if re-elected to serve as Member of Parliament on June 8th.

“I call on all general election candidates to commit to campaigning to overturn this vile policy. Children and victims of rape and sexual assault must be protected, not punished.”