Skip to main content

DWP reverses retroactive part of 2-child limit

11 January 2019

Chair's comments

Responding to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions' policy announcements on Thursday evening,  Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Chair of Committee, said:

"I strongly welcome the Secretary of State's decision not to press ahead with what could have been the cruellest benefit cut in history. At the eleventh hour, she has prevented thousands of children from being plunged into poverty by an unjustifiable retrospective policy.
"The Secretary of State also seems determined to ensure that the transfer of claimants to Universal Credit proceeds with the necessary care and caution, as the Committee has consistently urged. There are welcome hints, too, of proposals for much needed changes to the single, monthly household payment of Universal Credit that has wreaked havoc on the budgets of all too many households, and for improvements on childcare payments. Together, these proposals could have a potentially significant impact on the living standards of many families on low incomes.

"The Committee stands ready to work with the Secretary of State on each of them."

The Committee published its own report on the two-child limit on Thursday evening.

Further information

Image: Parliamentary Copyright