The North East Child Poverty Commission has today formally added its support to a national campaign calling for the so-called ‘two-child limit’ to be scrapped.
Led by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), the All Kids Count campaign is backed by around 70 leading charities, trade unions, faith groups and campaign organisations concerned about the effect of this policy on children and families.
The two-child limit, introduced in 2017, means that families in poverty and on low incomes no longer receive Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit for any third or subsequent child born after 6th April that year .
CPAG estimates that some 300,000 children will be pushed into poverty as a result of the policy – and one million children already living in poverty will be made even poorer – by 2023/24.
Around 160,000 families have already been affected by the change, most of which are working and the majority of whom have three children.
And, according to CPAG, over 35,000 families – or more than 120,000 children – across the North East are likely to be affected by the two-child limit in the coming years .
The North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC) is backing the All Kids Count campaign as a network of public, private and voluntary sector organisations dedicated to building public support for actions that improve the lives of children and young people living in poverty in the region. Now hosted by Newcastle University, the Commission recently appointed a new co-ordinator, Amanda Bailey, to help take its work forward.
Chair of the North East Child Poverty Commission, Jane Streather, said:
‘The North East Child Poverty Commission believes that all children should have an equal chance in life, yet the two-child limit clearly makes that goal even harder to achieve.
‘Child poverty levels in some parts of the North East already stand at almost 40%, and the evidence is clear that this policy will make what is already an unacceptable situation even worse.
‘The two-child limit also completely fails to recognise that many women will have little choice over the number of babies they have – and it’s completely wrong for their children to be penalised for this.
‘The North East Child Poverty Commission is proud to stand alongside so many other national organisations campaigning to put an end to this policy.’
 Exceptions to the two-child limit exist for children adopted from local authority care, multiple births and for mothers who complete a form confirming a child was born as a result of rape (or ‘non-consensual conception’) – but only where the mother is not residing with the biological father.