How can Alison Thewliss support vulnerable women when she condones charities refusing to work with the DWP?
- Alfie Baron
SNP MP Alison Thewliss professes to be supporting women who may be affected by the so-called "Rape Clause".
Three of the most prominent rape crisis charities and feminist organisations have said they will not "collude" or "comply" with the so-called "Rape Clause".
Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women's AId and Engender have all said they will not "comply" or work with the DWP.
How can Alison Thewliss say she supports these vulnerable women when she is supporting and promoting the organisations who are refusing to engage with the DWP? Here is a recent tweet of Thewliss supporting the boycott:
What if women want to report their situation and claim tax credits? What vehicle will women use if the prominent organisations are not engaging with the DWP?
The UK Government website gives the following information:
A child born as a result of non-consensual conception
You can claim if:
• as a result of a sexual act which you didn’t or couldn’t consent to
• at a time when you were in an abusive relationship, under ongoing control or coercion by the other parent of the child
• you don’t have speak to, or give details about the circumstances of the conception to HMRC staff.
• details are given to healthcare professionals, for example, doctors, nurses, midwives or health visitors
Many critics and SNP supporters will tell you there is an 8 page form to complete. The form is indeed 8 pages long - with the first four being informational!
Other pages are simple name and address sections, a few simple checkbox questions and the third-party (nurse, healthcare, doctor) declaration.
In contrast to what critics are saying, you do not have to offer names or details of the father. There is nothing difficult about the form.
SNP MP Alison Thewliss and the various charities and feminist organisations who are refusing to engage with the DWP are providing a dis-service to vulnerable women in Scotland if there isn't a way for them to get support to claim tax credits.
It's my opinion that the SNP are using vulnerable women as political pawns just to continue their grievance behaviour against the UK Government.
It also appears that the Scottish Government could take steps to mitigate this situation. I suspect they won't so they can continue their grandstanding.