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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th February 2017.

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Photo of Alison Thewliss Alison Thewliss Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cities) 12:00 am, 20th February 2017

I am astonished that the Secretary of State said that the rape clause was not punitive, given that, in their response to the consultation, the Government said that many respondents considered it

“unacceptable for Government to ask women to re-live the ordeal of a rape just in order to make a claim for benefit.”

Will the Minister and the Government accept that the policy is simply unworkable, and absolutely despicable?