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‘Two-child policy’ costs families £2,800 each in benefits, figures show

More than 70,000 low-income families lost at least £2,800 each last year after having their entitlement to benefits taken away as a result of the government’s “two-child policy”, official figures show.

The statistics showed 2,820 households were exempted during the first year, the majority because they had breached the two-child limit after having twins or triplets.

The rollout of universal credit will increase the number of families affected. All new claims for the benefit after February 2019 will have the child element restricted to two children in a family, even if they were born before the policy was introduced.

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