From the 6th April 2017 support through Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit or Income Support will generally only be available for the first two children the claimant is responsible for unless the third or subsequent pregnancy is the result of rape or a coercive and controlling relationship. Child Tax Credit will continue to be paid for all children born before 6th April 2017.

RCTN supports women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any point in their lives. We believe that the Government’s two child tax credit limit is a dangerous policy that discriminates against women; forcing women to talk about private experiences of sexual violence or domestic violence to avoid losing their child’s tax credits. It is incompatible with progressing women’s rights and freedoms in the UK.

We are against the two child tax credit limit, and we will be campaigning for it to be scrapped. Until that happens, we will support women who want us to act as the required third party when claiming benefit or tax credits for a child who was conceived without consent.

You can find the form you need (NCC1 4/17) and guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions here. ncc1 – Form  ncc1-Guidance

Get in touch with our practical and emotional support team on by calling 0191 222 0272 or emailing, and we can talk about the best way to get the form signed and offer any other support you might want.

You can sign a petition calling for the policy to be scrapped by visiting here.

And finally, you can keep up to date with our campaigning and activism by following us on Twitter and Facebook.