Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has called on Highlands and Islands Tory MSPs to
“stop acting as mere mouthpieces for the UK Government”, and to show the courage
to oppose the Tory Government’s “shocking and inhumane rape clause.”
The UK Government introduce the rule limiting tax credits to only two children per
family – unless the mother can prove that a third child was conceived through rape.
Many sexual violence support charities such as Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish
Women’s Aid say they will refuse to act as third party verifiers for the UK government,
not least due to the trauma and stigma that the rape assessment process will cause
both survivors and children of rape.
Alasdair Allan said: “I know from talking with groups like Western Isles Rape Crisis
the huge challenges that face survivors of rape in the isles.
“The absolute last thing that we as a society should be doing is asking them to disclose
highly traumatic and distressing information in order to claim tax credits. This
is an utterly shameful policy.
“The so called two child policy seriously threatens to drive up child poverty. It
will mean a loss of up to £2,800 every year per child for hardworking families. Instead
of standing up for working families the Scottish Tories are defending the indefensible
welfare cuts coming from Westminster.
“I will continue to fight these heartless policies and I have written to Conservative
MSPs who claim to represent the Highlands and Islands asking them to stand up for
the dignity and human rights of women in Scotland and to condemn this appalling policy.”