Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has accused the Government of “dishonesty” over their claim to have reversed Tax Credit cuts.
In a Parliamentary debate called by the Labour party today (6th January) the Government refused to reverse planned cuts to Universal Credit, which the Institute for Fiscal Studies has estimated will cause 2.6 million working families to lose £1,600 by 2020.
Justin Madders claims that this amounts to “sneaking in Tax Credits cuts through the backdoor” and has accused the Government of providing false hope to families when claiming to have fully reversed cuts to Tax Credits. It is estimated that 8,000 households in Ellesmere Port & Neston will be in receipt of Universal Credit by 2020.
Commenting, Justin said:
“I’m appalled that the Tories are still committed to cutting the incomes of families who are in work, while giving a boost to millionaires by reducing Income Tax and Inheritance Tax.
All that George Osborne has done is delay the pain that some families will face for a couple of years, while forcing others into a deeply unfair postcode lottery, where they suffer while others in the same position do not. This is a totally dishonest way to treat families, who are in work and are doing everything that is asked of them.
We should be supporting families in work, while we hopefully move to an economy where everyone can receive a decent level of pay. Instead this Government is once again hitting those on lowest incomes the hardest.”