14 December 2018

Commenting on reports the Department of Work and Pensions has had no contact from the SNP about ending the two-child cap, despite SNP Finance Secretary Derek Mackay claiming otherwise, Scottish Labour’s Social Security spokesperson Mark Griffin MSP said:

“This is an outrage and an insult to women in Scotland suffering as a result of the Tories’ brutal two-child cap.

“The 2016 Scotland Act delivered new powers to our parliament that allows the creation of new social security payments for people in Scotland.

“If the SNP government wanted to, it could end the cap and scrap the rape clause, and do what we can to reverse the devastating effects of this callous policy.

“The fact Derek Mackay is trying to mislead people about its plausibility without even bothering to check is a disgrace.

“Derek Mackay should apologise, correct the record and support Scottish Labour’s call to end the cap.”

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