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Policy and Government

The impact of five years of the two-child limit policy

calendar06 April 2022

Under the two-child limit, parents are not entitled to any extra support through Universal Credit or Child Tax Credits to help with raising a third or subsequent child born after 6 April 2017. This means they lose out on up to £2,935 a year, and puts families’ budgets and mental wellbeing under enormous strain. Larger families are more likely to experience poverty and the two-child limit has been shown to have a negative impact on UK poverty levels. As a member of the All Kids Count coalition, CAP is calling upon the Government to consider the impacts of this policy on families across the UK.

Read the new report by the Child Poverty Action Group, Church of England, and the Benefit Changes and Larger Families project here.

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