The Duchess' third pregnancy caused countrywide upset among woman with regard to child benefits
Even though most people celebrated the birth of the third child of Prince William and Duchess Kate, others took their time to attack them on social media.
While it might be surprising, it is not something new as people started doing so as soon as they learned that Kate was pregnant with her third child. As reported by Mirror, the couple announced that they were expecting a baby in 2017.
In that same year, the conservative party in U.K. limited the number of children for which parents of poor families can claim child tax credits to help them buy food and any other thing the baby might need.
With the new ban, parents can only claim the credits for the first two children they have. Depending on the case, they could receive up to $3,870 per year for each child.
There are some exceptions for which parents would receive the credits for the third (or subsequent) child. Those include adoption, multiple births, and kinship care.
The fourth exception, however, was labeled as ‘disgusting’ for many people on social media. If a single mother proves that she was raped, or if the baby was conceived while she was in an abusive relationship, she will be excused from the ban.
Another family on state benefits wouldn't be able to access child tax credits unless the mum could prove she'd been raped #royalbaby— sianushka (@sianushka) September 4, 2017
More specifically, women could claim the credit if the baby was a result of ‘a sexual act which they didn't or couldn't consent to’ or if they were in a relationship in which they were ‘under ongoing control or coercion by the other parent of the child.’
That limit, known by those who are against it as the ‘rape clause’ was introduced in the Budget in 2015 but came into effect in April 2017.
What people criticize about it is that the victims of such horrendous acts should not have to justify it by filling an application, so they can receive the credits.
People also wondered why taxpayers should keep ‘shelling out’ money for another royal baby if the Royals don’t want to take care of more than two children of poor families.
The truth is, however, that Prince William (and Prince Harry) receive money from the Queen’s Grant-in-Aid funding for assistance with official travel and property, but they earn money for their military roles, as well.
While the ‘rape clause’ affects many poor people, William and Kate’s third baby, whose name has not been revealed yet, has nothing to do with that issues.