More than 1,500 Midlothian children affected by two-child benefits limit

More than 1,500 children in Midlothian are in families affected by a limit on child allowance benefits, estimates suggest.
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The two-child limit restricts child allowances in universal credit and tax credits – worth £2,935 per year – to the first two children in a family unless the children were born before April 6, 2017 when the policy came into force.

The Child Poverty Action Group is calling for the policy – which it says pushes families into poverty – to be scrapped by the Government.

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Department for Work and Pensions figures show that 520 households with three or more children in Midlothian were receiving Universal Credit in April, and 350 received Child Tax Credits – 870 in total.

CPAG estimates that around one in 14 children in Midlothian are impacted by the cut-off – which is below the average across the UK, of one in 12.