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Amber Rudd’s so-called “u-turn” on the two child benefit cap isn’t good enough

The policy treats children like consumer goods rather than human beings. It's time to end it

By Tom Clark  

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd giving a speech at Kennington Jobcentre, London. Photo: PA

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd giving a speech at Kennington Jobcentre, London. Photo: PA

“Well, I never asked to be born.” It’s a teenage protest that grates on parents precisely because it makes a fair point. One reason why we’ve got a moral obligation to make sure that others don’t have an unduly miserable life is that having a life in the first place is not a choice, but something we are saddled with.

The two-child cap on Universal Credit—on which Amber Rudd has today announced a partial retreat—ignores this reality.…

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