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IMPACT OF TWO CHILD RESTRICTION ON FAMILIES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 492: tabled on 01 November 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 47 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

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.

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
Signed on 1 November 2017
Livingston
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Blackman, Kirsty
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Aberdeen North
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Edinburgh North and Leith
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Dunfermline and West Fife
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Edinburgh South West
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Inverclyde
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Lanark and Hamilton East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 2 November 2017
Coventry South
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
West Dunbartonshire
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 2 November 2017
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Motherwell and Wishaw
Gaffney, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 2 November 2017
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2017
Ilford South
George, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2017
High Peak
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
North East Fife
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
North Ayrshire and Arran
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Glasgow North
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Airdrie and Shotts
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Dundee East
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 7 November 2017
Knowsley
Killen, Gerard
Labour
Signed on 13 November 2017
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 3 November 2017
Brighton, Pavilion
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Martin, Sandy
Labour
Signed on 6 November 2017
Ipswich
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Glasgow South
McDonald, Stuart C.
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Falkirk
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Glasgow North West
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Argyll and Bute
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
Signed on 13 November 2017
St Helens South and Whiston
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 2 November 2017
Strangford
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Edinburgh East
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Glasgow South West
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Central Ayrshire
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 November 2017
Perth and North Perthshire

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.