Scrap the two-child benefit cap

In the London Assembly, Caroline seconded the Liberal Democrats' motion calling for the Government to drop the two-child benefit cap, and for the Mayor and the Assembly Chair to write to the Government urging for its removal.

Across the UK, 42 per cent of children in families with three or more children live in poverty. The two-child benefit cap has impacted an estimated 1.5 million children. The Child Poverty Action Group estimates that removing the cap would cost £1.3 billion a year but would lift 250,000 children out of poverty overnight and result in 850,000 children living in less deep poverty.

Caroline said:

"The two child benefit cap is not just morally wrong for dragging children into poverty; it also makes no economic sense, with child poverty costing the economy £39 billion a year.

"Keir Starmer's Labour and the Conservatives must drop their support for this cruel policy."