Davidson critical of rape clause 'misinformation'
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Ruth Davidson says rape clause 'misinformation is deeply damaging'

Scotland's Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson has voiced criticism over what she has called "deeply damaging" misinformation on the so-called rape clause.

Reforms of the welfare system which came into force in April mean child tax credits are now capped at two children.

A clause in the new rules means mothers who have a third child as a result of rape can be exempted - but would have to provide evidence to do so.

Ms Davidson told the BBC:"I think some of the misinformation which has been put out about this is really deeply damaging, I think it scares people.

"This is about ensuring that people in extreme circumstances are not penalised for those extreme circumstances and they are not dragged into a system that they are exempted from."

  • 13 Apr 2017