The Tories will keep the limit of two child benefits, Prime Minister confirms

The Conservatives will keep the two-child cap if they win the next election, the Prime Minister has said.

Charities have called for the abolition of the cap, which limits Universal Credit support to two children in a family, highlighting record levels of child poverty in Britain.

Rishi Sunak wrote in The Sun on Sunday that his party would stick to the policy.

He said: “Working families do not see their income increase as they have more children. Families on benefits should be asked to make the same financial decisions as those who support themselves solely through work.”

The pledge follows Sunak’s speech on Friday in which he outlined reforms to the welfare system to reduce the number of people receiving benefits and cut spending.

According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the number of people claiming at least one health benefit has soared since the pandemic, with one in 10 people now receiving support.

In his Sun On Sunday article, the Prime Minister said: “There is nothing compassionate about entrusting people who could be working to a life stuck on benefits.

“We will change the system so that we give people a hand up instead of a handout.”

Campaigners have criticized Mr Sunak for using “hostile rhetoric” and launching an “all-out attack on disabled people” with his welfare plans.

A campaign to lift a million children out of poverty by 2030 was also launched last week, backed by human rights lawyer Cherie Blair and former children’s commissioner Anne Longfield.

Removing the maximum amount for the two children is one of the campaign’s demands, a policy supported by current children’s commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza.

Official statistics published in March show that child poverty reached a record high last year, with 4.33 million children living in relatively low-income households in the year to March 2023.

For a couple with two children, this meant a combined weekly income of less than £530, excluding housing costs.

It is believed that one in four children live in absolute poverty, defined as households below 60% of the median income in 2010/2011, topped up by inflation, which equates to less than £485 per week, after housing costs for a couple with two children.