Tax credit ‘rape clause’ becomes law without parliamentary vote

Our thanks to a supporter for this piece in today’s edition of The Guardian. Extracts:

A controversial proposal to ask new mothers who have been raped [Correction: who CLAIM to have been raped] for verification if they wish to claim tax credits for more than two children has become law without any debate or vote in parliament.

The so-called rape clause, which will be applied as part of new restrictions on tax credit entitlement, was added to legislation late on Wednesday as an amendment to an existing act. The plans will come into effect within a month…

The policy coming into force on 6 April restricts tax credit entitlement for new claimants to a maximum of two children, with exceptions for multiple births and for women who could show that their third or subsequent child was conceived as a result of rape.

Those seeking to claim the exemption for rape must be assessed by what the government has described in a consultation as a “professional third party”, which could include health workers, police, social workers or rape charities. [my emphasis]

Cue hordes of mothers lying that their third and subsequent children resulted from rape, despite there being not a shred of evidence to back up their claims, and with the complicity of feminists in ‘professional third parties’, always keen to pass yet more hard-working taxpayers’ money on to women.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Marty

    this will continue until men finally decide to openly tell women they are not good enough,every time they are not up to a certain job or a task, instead of helping them or maintaining gentlemanly silence. Because this is where all the feminist nonsense has its roots in.

    • Mike Buchanan

      Thanks Marty. You’ve only made this general point 1,000+ times. We get it. We do.

      • William Gruff

        Mike: To be fair, to use a phrase I dislike, we get it but we are few in number. Marty means well and has something useful to say. However, he might more usefully address an audience more widely spread and more in need of his insight.

        They also serve who only stand and …

  • Groan

    Yes indeed another perverse incentive (like the claim DV to qualify for legal aid policy has vastly increased claims of DV and the legal aid budget). Of course the drift of the SNP MP is that they shouldn’t have to even claim the exemption from the cap on benefits to two children. It seems pretty obvious that allowing such an exemption is a nonsense in the first place, having done so the Gov. is bound to be in a mess in deciding how to judge the inevitable rush of applications.

    • Paul Jackson

      Speaking of perverse incentives; visit the criminal injury compensation board (CICA) website and you’ll find a handy claims calculator which shows that, at a minimum, a victim of rape can claim £11,000. The young ‘lady’ in the Ched Evans case was boasting on twitter about how she was going to buy a car when she ‘won big’ from the case.
      Now that Evans has been cleared of rape, after spending more than two years in prison, I wonder if she will be ordered to pay the money back.
      Ha Ha! Just kidding! What a ridiculous idea!

  • Cue hordes of mothers lying that their third and subsequent children resulted from rape … ‘

    And the problem with that is?

    Answer: NOT that women of a certain disposition who have not previously been disposed to make false rape allegations will claim to have been raped with alacrity*, and so cost the poor hard working male nett tax payer even more of the money he could be spending on the women and children he agreed to be responsible for, rather than those he didn’t.

    No, the problem with that is that where there’s a rape there’s a rapist and since women cannot legally commit rape in the ‘U’K, and women anywhere cannot be inseminated by other women, those child starting rapists cannot but be male and, since the wimmin’s lobby is pressing for the reduction of the burden of proof in rape cases, the problem with that is that somewhere, at some point, some men’s lives will be destroyed by some lazy slags simply so that they can claim benefits. Bear in mind that as many as one in three children may not be the biological offspring of their putative father to see that a lot of women will put an easy and secure source of income before truth and basic common decency, without a second’s thought.

    • Groan

      Yes there is a whole mess here. For if they require that there has been a rape case and conviction(though these days an accusation has to be “believed” anyway) then one can see “retrospective” accusations and spurious prosecutions just to secure the dosh. If however its about persuading some public or medical (or refuge) official that she was raped then there will probably be lots of men “named” without knowing until later that they were accused and presumed to have done the “deed” to father child 3 (4 or 5 etc.)
      The alternative is simply to take the mothers word for it and pay the money without any investigation. In a way this might be best as then there isn’t any reason to accuse a bloke to get the dosh. So fewer men will be hurt, but another huge fraud will be the norm in our benefit system.

      • Manplant

        The problem is not just men being accused but rape statistics skyrocketing, giving feminists another stick with which to beat men with. This happened when they made legal aid in divorce dependent on suffering from domestic abuse which caused reported incidents to increase by 30% as women manufactured claims. Feminists now go on endlessly about DV in order to play the victim card.