Marie Rimmer MP has urged the Chancellor to listen to concerns and rethink the Government’s plans to cut tax credits.
Earlier this week, the House of Lords backed an amendment for the cuts to be put on hold pending independent analysis. They also supported Labour’s proposal to provide financial support for at least three years for those likely to be affected. Following the vote, Marie questioned the Chancellor in the House of Commons on this issue.
Marie highlighted research by the Resolution Foundation that states the plans would push up to 600,000 further children into poverty by 2020 with two thirds of those children living in working families.
In his response to Marie, the Chancellor replied: “I will listen to the concerns that have been raised in this, the elected Chamber, about the transition of the welfare reforms we have put forward precisely so that we continue to help working families.”
Speaking after the exchange, Marie Rimmer said: “These proposals would impact upon 8,300 children in working families in St Helens South and Whiston, with families losing £1,300 per year if these changes were brought in.
“I want to see an end to government subsidies for employers who pay poverty wages but this must be done by implementing a proper living wage and ensuring working families are not financially punished during the process.
“I hope the Chancellor remains true to his word and reconsiders these proposals ahead of the autumn statement to ensure local families are not punished due to the Prime Minister reneging on his pre-election promise to protect tax credits.”