Adoptive and kinship carers Two Child Tax Rule exemption welcomed

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
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SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has welcomed confirmation from the Department for Communities that adoptive parents and kinship carers in Northern Ireland will no longer be penalised by the two-child tax rule.

However, he expressed disappointment that due to the absence of an Assembly and Executive, carers will have to wait until these changes are introduced in England before they can apply here.

 

 

He told Newry Times, “The callous Two Child Tax Rule should never have been implemented in the first place. There is absolutely no justification for this cruel policy to exist at all and the SDLP reiterates our call for it to be scrapped.

“As a society, we would be lost without kinship carers. They provide invaluable lifesaving support for vulnerable children at the atime of their greatest need. The fact that kinship carers and adopters, despite promises from the Government to the contrary, are being financially penalised for looking after children and preventing them from going into the care system is shameful.

 

 

McNulty continued, “I welcome the confirmation from the Department for Communities that adoptive parents and kinship carers in Northern Ireland will no longer be penalised by the Two Child Tax Rule.

“However, without an Executive and functioning Assembly, our people are once again being left to wait while the DUP and Sinn Fein argue amongst themselves. This is another example of how having no functioning institutions in the North is hurting people.

The local MLA added, “The welfare system is broken. It needs fixed and we need a Government here to stand up for the many, many people suffering as a result.”

 

 


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