Hundreds of protesters gathered in Glasgow to scrap the rape clause

 

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Protesters in Glasgow George Square

 

Hundreds of protestors gathered in Glasgow’s George Square to demand the abolition of the so-called “rape-clause.”

The campaign, Scrap the Rape Clause, opposed the recent change in tax credits, as reforms of the welfare system mean child tax credits are now capped at two children.

A clause in the new rules which came into effect this month means mothers who have a third child as a result of rape can be exempted from the cap – but must provide evidence to receive their benefit.

This has sparked a row between political figures across the UK, with Nicola Sturgeon branding the policy “disgusting.”

SNP MP for Glasgow Central, Alison Thewliss, has been at the forefront of this campaign for the past two years and was the main speaker at the protest.

She said: “I have kept going with this because I have not had an answer. I am not satisfied with the responses of the UK government.

“I am disgusted, not just by the policy, but by their behaviour on this as well.

“They have tried to bury it on every turn, they have tried to hide it, they have tried to play it down.

“They have told us not to worry about it, and that everything is going to be fine. And it is not.”

Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has been pressured to speak up about the issue by other party leaders including Kezia Dugdale and Patrick Harvie, but has only released a statement via her spokesperson so far.

 

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