Two-child benefit limit lawful, court rules

Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge to the government’s two-child limit on some benefits.

Lawyers representing three families had argued that the policy was incompatible with human rights law.

But a judge has ruled that limiting tax credits and universal credit to a family’s first two children is lawful.

However, Mr Justice Ouseley’s ruling also accepted a claim that the rules relating to children in kinship care arrangements were unlawful.

These regulations allow an exception to the two-child rule for families who look after children of relatives – but only if they are the third or subsequent child.

Families who take in a relative’s child and subsequently have children of their own, still lose out on benefits, under the policy which came into effect last year.

Read the full details on this link to the BBC website

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