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Lucy warns that Tory cuts to tax credits will hit families in Manchester Central

Hulme_bridge.jpgLucy has raised concerns about tax credit cuts in Manchester Central, after new figures show the cuts could hit more than half of families in the North West.

Reports this week suggest that David Cameron is considering drastically cutting tax credits, with average losses to families of £1,400 a year.[1] To make up for that loss, someone working full time at the National Minimum Wage would have to work an additional six weeks.

And yet again, cities like Manchester will be hit the hardest by this government’s policies. New figures from Labour show that 56 per cent of families with children in the North West could be disadvantaged by Cameron’s tax credit cuts. Just over half of young families across the UK receive tax credits, but in the North West this rises to 56%, and 72% of these families in work.

Lucy has hit back at the government’s proposals, arguing that Tory cuts are once again hitting working families and disproportionally affecting cities and communities in the North.


Lucy said:  

People who work hard, play by the rules and contribute here in the North West will be hit hard by any cuts to tax credits.

The Tories were asked repeatedly about who would be affected by their plans to cut £12 billion from welfare spending in the election campaign and they concealed their proposals from public view. Now families in the North West know why.

David Cameron and George Osborne need to tackle the root causes of the rising benefits bill; low pay, insecure jobs and high rents rather than hitting working families.

  

Notes to editors:

Region

Proportion of families with children receiving Tax Credits (%)

England

50

North East

56

North West

56

Yorks & The Humber

56

East Midlands

52

West Midlands

56

East

44

London

52

South East

40

South West

47

Wales

56

Scotland

48

United Kingdom1

51

 

 

 

Total tax credit recipients (thousands)

Total in work families (with and without children) (thousands  )

Proportion of tax credit recipients in work

United Kingdom

4,567

3,277

72%

England

3,792

2,733

72%

North East

211

148

70%

North West

580

418

72%

Yorkshire and Humber

426

311

73%

East Midlands

338

252

75%

West Midlands

450

319

71%

East

365

267

73%

London

607

409

67%

South East

475

349

73%

South West

340

260

76%

Wales

239

167

70%

Scotland

350

250

71%

Northern Ireland

164

113

69%

 

Source: HMRC (April 2015) Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics, April 2015. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/423621/ChildandWorkingTaxCreditsStatistics-April_2015.pdf

 

 

 

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