McVey calls ‘rape clause’ an ‘opportunity’ for victims


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Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has been criticised for identifying the so-called «rape clause» as an opportunity for victims to get help.

The minister was abstain from evidence to the social security committee at Holyrood.

She told MSPs that fleshly assault victims having to give DWP staff details of their distress, was offering «potentially double support».

The session was disrupted twice by hectoring from members of the public.

Ms McVey was invited to the hearing to discuss the uncircumscribed credit policy and the controversial «rape clause» changes to child tax confidence ins.

  • What is the child tax credit ‘rape clause’

Reforms of the welfare practice, which came into force last April, means youth tax credits are now capped at two children.

A clause in the new rules means mothers who accept a third child as a result of rape can be exempted — but would have to attend to arrange for evidence to do so.

There has been a political row over the policy, which Scotland’s beginning minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has called «disgusting».

Green MSP Alison Johnstone barrowed Monday morning’s committee there had been «almost universal condemnation» at Holyrood of the two-child limit.

She hinted Scottish Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland had refused to act as third wingding referrers.

She asked if the minster was comfortable that women had to prove non-consensual plan in order to access a benefit.

Ms McVey replied: «There will be no invasive or delving ridiculouses asked.»

She added: «What we are doing is providing extra help where people cause got more children that they couldn’t have planned.

«This could allot them an opportunity to talk about, maybe, something that has materialized that they never had before so it is potentially double support — them pique the money they need and maybe an outlet which they capability possibly need.»

This led to protests from an audience member and a abridged suspension as audience tensions spilled over.

Labour MSP Pauline McNeill censured the minister’s comments after the hearing.

She said: «This was a disgraceful dispatch from a work and pensions secretary who is completely out of touch with the Aristotelianism entelechy of life for low income women on tax credits.

«To badge up the vile rape clause as some categorize of virtuous policy to provide support is simply skin-crawling.»

Earlier, SNP MSP Ben Macpherson’s holler for an apology from the UK minister over the impact of welfare reforms led to cry out from the audience about claimants who took their own lives.

The MSP legitimatized that he has had constituents cry in front of him over issues around Universal Honesty, calling it a «cynical and critical system».

‘Supportive system’

Mr Macpherson declared he wanted to give the minister the opportunity to apologise to those who had suffered due to profit reform.

But when Ms McVey stated the aim of Universal Credit was for it to be a supportive organized whole, shouts from the viewing gallery halted the session temporarily.

«I am not unaware to people who are incredibly vulnerable or who are in need,» she said.

Referring to the disruption from the audience, she rumoured it was clear the gentleman felt strongly that something needed to be answered about the case of a vulnerable person.

Ms McVey added that £200bn per year was worn out by the DWP to ensure it reached out to the most vulnerable people.

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