Bishop of Coventry asks Government about rise in abortions and link to two-child benefit limit

On 30th December the Bishop of Coventry received written answers to three questions on abortion and the two-child benefit limit:

The Lord Bishop of Coventry: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reported rise in the number of abortions among women with two or more children. [HL11398]

Lord Bethell: The Department [of Health] has made no such assessment. However, the Department has commissioned the King’s Fund to undertake a piece of work to provide insights into factors contributing to changing patterns of abortion uptake in England.


The Lord Bishop of Coventry:  To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to investigate any link between the ‘two-child limit’ restricting the amount that families can receive in social security benefits and the reported rise in the number of abortions among women with two or more children. [HL11399]

The Lord Bishop of Coventry:  To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the study by the British Pregnancy Advice Service ‘Forced into a corner: the two-child limit and pregnancy decision making during the pandemic’, published on 3 December; and what plans they have to review the ‘two-child limit’ restricting the amount that families can receive in social security benefits. [HL11400]

Baroness Stedman-Scott: DWP has made no such plans or assessment.

This is an uncertain time for families which is why DWP have taken unprecedented steps to support incomes and help with living costs. The support available through the welfare safety net reflects the fact that the majority of households in Britain (85%) have two or fewer children.