Keir Starmer’s two-child welfare cap will be challenged by a Labour policy group.

The unwillingness of Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to abolish the two-child limit on claiming some benefits will be questioned this weekend at a meeting of the party’s policy committee.

Sir Keir is facing an increasing reaction from inside his own party over the matter.

The National Policy Forum of Labour brings together trade union representatives, party members, and members of the shadow cabinet.

The conference, held behind closed doors in Nottingham, is a critical step in developing the next manifesto.

Policies agreed upon there, however, will not be immediately included.

Six policy documents will be finalized and delivered to the party’s annual convention in October.

The party leadership has already agreed to several revisions to the draft texts, including restating the commitment to rail nationalisation and boosting early childhood education provision, but without a spending commitment.

However, a number of other proposed modifications have not been agreed upon and will be debated, including those concerning welfare.

The county’s largest union, Unison, and the shop workers’ union Usdaw both support an amendment that would “end the punitive features” of the benefit system, notably the benefits limitation and the two-child limit.

With a few exceptions, the cap, which went into effect in 2017, limits the child tax credit and universal credit to the first two children in a family.

According to the Child Poverty Action Group, abolishing the cap would cost £1.3 billion per year but would elevate 250,000 children out of poverty overnight.

Sir Keir told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg that a Labour government would not change the policy.

Although he did not provide a rationale during the interview, members of his shadow cabinet stated that it was due to an unfunded spending obligation.

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