Pressure grows on Labour to scrap two-child benefit cap with 1.6m youngsters affected

Pressure grows on Labour to scrap two-child benefit cap with 1.6m youngsters affected

Campaigners say figure is ‘shameful’ and Tory policy is single biggest driver of child poverty

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The Labour government has come under fresh pressure to abolish the two-child benefit limit after latest official figures showed a record 1.6 million children were living in families affected by the controversial policy.

Campaigners and charities described the figures as “shameful” and renewed calls for the benefit limit to be scrapped, saying the much-criticised policy introduced by the Conservative government seven years ago had become the UK’s biggest single driver of child poverty.

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