27 April 2018

CPAG challenge to 2-child limit

The case was brought by the Child Povery Action Group (CPAG) acting for three claimant households. All three of them challenged the overall policy on human rights grounds. Additionally, one of the households challenged the lawfulness of the ordering issue to the exception for kinship care children.

Although the Court did not accept CPAG’s wider challenge to the lawfulness of the two-child rule as breaching fundamental human rights to private and family life and to non-discrimination, the Court did rule that the two-child rule for tax credits and universal credit is, in part, unlawful and the ruling means that all children looked after by family members claiming tax credits or universal credit should not be taken into account for the purposes of the two-child limit.

 More information about the case and ruling is available on the CPAG website