House of Commons
IMPACT OF TWO CHILD RESTRICTION ON FAMILIES
EDM #492
Tabled 01 November 2017
2017-19 Session
That this House recognises the damaging effects that the two-child restriction on universal credit and child tax credits is having, and will continue to have, on families across the UK; notes that the impact will be particularly acute in Northern Ireland where, according to Office for National Statistics data, the average family size is 2.96, the largest of any of the UK countries; further notes that as of 2015 it was estimated that there were 122,400 families with three or more children; is concerned that women in Northern Ireland face a specific risk applying for a non-consensual sex exemption, due to the Criminal Law Act 1967 stating that third-party referrers are legally obliged to disclose that a woman has been raped when completing paperwork, and that doing so can lead to women being placed in danger of violence and sexual assault; welcomes that the British Medical Association has offered to support members if they do not wish to comply with the third-party referral mechanism; acknowledges that the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers and Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland, have serious concerns about the policy and have vehemently opposed it; and calls on the Government to scrap the two-child restriction without further delay and to end the suffering of thousands of families across the UK.

Signatures (47)

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.
In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Blackman, Kirsty
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
02 November 2017
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
02 November 2017
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Gaffney, Hugh
Labour
02 November 2017
Gapes, Mike
Labour
21 November 2017
George, Ruth
Labour
29 November 2017
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
07 November 2017
Killen, Gerard
Labour
13 November 2017
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
03 November 2017
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Martin, Sandy
Labour
06 November 2017
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
McDonald, Stuart C.
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
13 November 2017
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
02 November 2017
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
01 November 2017
These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.