ETF Committee Members

Federation opposes the Rape Clause at First Minister visit

Edinburgh Tenants Federation was delighted to welcome the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP to Norton Park as she met with organisations opposing the “Rape Clause.”

The Federation’s Executive Committee recently approved a statement on behalf of its Members opposing the introduction of the “Rape Clause” saying “Edinburgh Tenants Federation is disgusted by the introduction of the “rape clause”. This is an inhumane policy that should never have been approved. We call for the UK Government to rethink this law. Women should never have to disclose that their child has been conceived as a result of rape or coercion in order to receive state benefits.”

The “rape clause” relates to the Child Tax Credit (Amendment) Regulations 2017 in which child tax credit is limited to two children (widely known as the “family cap”).  Exemptions are made for children conceived as a result of rape and the law came into force on 6th April 2017.

Maud Wylie, Vice Convenor of ETF said, “We appreciate that the First Minister took time to speak to voluntary organisations opposing this clause, and look forward to welcoming her back to the Federation in the future.”