The Conservative Government introduced the Two Child Limit to Benefit Payments in 2017. Labour have indicated strongly that they will retain they form a Government after the next General Election.
Research from the End Child Poverty Coalition shows that over 1.5 million children across the UK are affected by the two child limit on benefit payments. There is a direct correlation between the cap and child poverty. So much so that scrapping the policy would lift 250,000 children out of poverty overnight and significantly ease poverty for a further 850,000 children.
The Liberal Democrats have consistently opposed this policy. The only major UK-wide to do so. Scrapping the two child limit was part of our 2017 and 2019 manifestos and we re-affirmed our commitment to this at our 2023 Autumn Conference.
This Campaign Pack contains a template council motion, focus drop-in articles and a template press release to help you campaign locally on this issue. In particular it might be an emotive issue for Labour leaning voters who may be disappointed in their own party’s stance on the policy.
The spreadsheet below contains local information for each local council in the UK on the number of children affected by the two child benefit limit and the number of children living in poverty.
You can use this data to localise our templates: