Saturday 21 January 2017 / 8:51 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Sarah Champion MP’s response to government announcement on child tax credits for rape victims

Sarah Champion MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities commenting on the government announcement that women must prove their rape to a third party before receiving child tax credits:

“The government are yet again demonstrating their profound lack of understanding of the nature of sexual abuse and coercive relationships and are designing policy in a way that is actively harmful to women.

“The fact that the Government have chosen Donald Trump’s inauguration to quietly sneak out a publication of controversial new rules that demand women ‘prove’ their rape to a third party before receiving child benefit is underhanded and extremely disappointing.

“Labour reiterates our long-standing calls for the government to conduct a full gender impact assessment of their policies without further delay. The government must take this harmful policy back to the drawing board before any women are forced to identify a child as a ‘product’ of rape.”