Two Child Limit – Implementation, Challenges and the Policy Context


Thursday 22nd of June 2017
Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA

Time: 12:15 – 16:45

April 2017 saw the introduction of the most direct attack on children under the welfare reform banner yet. This seminar will examine the two child limit in tax credits and means-tested benefits and its inevitable impact on child poverty.

The seminar will cover: 

  • the policy implications of the two child limit, including lessons from America’s experience of family caps and CPAG’s research into the effects of the new provisions on child poverty
  • detail of how the two child limit is being implemented for universal credit, child tax credit, income support and income-based jobseeker’s allowance (where child amounts are still payable) and housing benefit
  • the exceptions to the limit
  • the transitional arrangements and the tactical issues relating to those arrangements
  • the implications of the two-child limit in the context of human rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and potential legal challenges

Full training materials and lunch are provided.

CPD – 3.5 hours


Carla Clarke, Legal Officer, CPAG

Carla Clarke is a qualified lawyer who has worked both within central government and in the voluntary sector on a range of public law and human rights issues. Carla joined CPAG in 2016 and her caseload includes a challenge to the lowered benefit cap as well as a potential challenge to the two child limit.


Daphne HallEditor - rightsnet

Daphne Hall has worked in welfare rights since 1990. She is an editor with rightsnet, and previously worked as a welfare rights adviser for Citizens Advice, Springfield Psychiatric Hospital and Bristol City Council. Daphne has also been a freelance trainer for over 20 years working with a number of organisations including Lasa, CPAG and Shelter. Additionally, she is a member of the executive committee of the National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers, and a contributing author to both CPAG's Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook, and Disability Rights UK's Disability Rights Handbook.


Josephine Tucker, Senior Policy and Research Officer, CPAG

Josephine Tucker has experience of policy analysis and influencing work both in the UK and internationally, and has led CPAG’s parliamentary engagement on the Welfare Reform and Work Act and recent reforms to Universal Credit. She recently worked with the Institute for Public Policy Research to model the impacts of welfare reforms since 2010 on family incomes and poverty rates, and has also worked with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to carry out research into the links between poverty and children’s health.


Mark Willis, Welfare Rights Worker, CPAG in Scotland

Mark Willis has worked in welfare rights since 1991 and is currently a welfare rights worker with CPAG in Scotland’s tax credits/early years project. He is an author of the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.


London - Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA

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