Press release

Consultation on reforms to the child elements of welfare support

A consultation has been launched on exemptions to reforms which limit the child elements in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit.

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A consultation has been launched today on exemptions to reforms which limit the child elements in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit to a maximum of 2 children from April 2017.

The change is part of reforms designed to make the benefits system fairer – and ensure people on benefits have the same choices as those supporting themselves solely through work.

To ensure that support continues to go to those who need it, the government has been clear that there will be exemptions in some circumstances.

The consultation will seek views and evidence on how these exemptions can best be applied.

The consultation closes on 27 November 2016.

Read the Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit: exceptions to the 2-child limit consultation.

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Published 21 October 2016