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Kate Osamor MP Votes Against Tax Credit Cuts

On Monday the 20th of July 2015 Kate Osamor, the Labour MP for Edmonton,

voted against Tory proposals which would slash tax credits for families in

Enfield. The proposals, which also included lowering the ‘benefit cap’ to

£23,000 a year in London and limiting child tax credits to the first two children

in the future, were included in the Government’s Welfare Bill.  Unfortunately

the Bill passed its second reading on Monday, meaning that it will go ahead for

further scrutiny and debates in Parliament.

Figures from the House of Commons library show that 72% if families in

Edmonton are currently in receipt of tax credits, so these cuts will hit the area

particularly hard.

Speaking on the subject Kate Osamor MP said:

 “I voted against the Government’s Welfare Bill, because it will take money out

of the pockets of families in Edmonton. We already have a child poverty rate of

42% after housing costs are taken into account. Cutting tax credits will push

more families below the poverty line.”

“Most people who get tax credits are in work. Instead of cutting support for

these families, we should be dealing with the real problems such as high

housing costs and low pay.” 

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