Statement on Supreme Court decision on two-child limit | CPAG

Statement on Supreme Court decision on two-child limit

Published on: 
09 July 2021

Commenting on today’s Supreme Court decision not to allow an appeal on the two-child limit brought by two lone mothers and their children, Carla Clarke, Head of Strategic Litigation at Child Poverty Action Group, which represented the mothers and children, said:

"This is a hugely disappointing judgment which fails to give any meaningful recognition to the reality of the policy on the ground and its desperately unfair impact on children. We know the two-child limit increases child poverty, including child poverty in working households, and forces women to choose between an abortion and raising their families without enough to live on. It limits the life chances of children by reducing them from a person to a number.

"It is well established that the ultimate safeguard against discrimination, particularly on contentious issues, lies with our courts. That is simply not in evidence in this judgment.

“We continue to believe that the policy is unlawful and, together with our clients, are considering taking the matter to the European Court of Human Rights so that no child is left out of the social security safety net purely because of their birth order.”

Notes to editors:

Case ID: UKSC 2019/0135. Anonymity orders are in place for the mothers and children.

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