Statistics on women in UK claiming they have been sexually assaulted or in abusive relationship to claim benefits for a third child

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

The following is a request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Could I please have the following data since 6 April 2017, when the limit was imposed on two-children families:

-Number of women who claim to be 'exceptions' in order to claim benefits for a third child

-Number of women who claimed they had been sexually assaulted or conceived child in an abusive relationship to claim benefits for a third child

-That above number, broken down by England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

If possible, please could I have the information requested in Excel format.

If for whatever reason it is not possible to answer all of the above questions in their entirety, could you please answer what you can

Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance please call me if there is any way in which I should amend my request to make it answerable.

I would be grateful for an email confirming that you have received my request. I look forward to hearing from you promptly and in any event within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Rachael Revesz

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