Responding to Work & Pensions Secretary Esther McVey’s appearance before the Social Security Committee, where she explained the processes behind the so called “rape clause”, Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:
“The Secretary of State’s justifications for the two child tax credit cap and the rape clause were both unconvincing and shameless.
“The deluded suggestion that women who have been the victims of rape may find some solace and support in being able to discuss their experiences with strangers is wildly out of touch. It’s clear that the cap is cruel and unworkable and should be scrapped immediately.
“There is no sensitive way to demand this information. The government should be offering support to the most vulnerable, not scaring them.”