Kate Osamor MP welcomes the announcement in today’s spending review that the proposed cuts to tax credits will be abandoned, whilst continuing to stress the harmful nature of the overall spending review on working families and the fact that this is not a full reversal.
In Edmonton, 72% of people receive tax credits and End Child Poverty estimates 42% of children live in relative poverty.
The proposals would have cost families up to £1,300.
Kate Osamor MP consistently voted against cuts to tax credits, and voiced her opposition to tax credit cuts in multiple debates in parliament.
Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP, led a strong campaign in opposition to the cuts, devoting an entire week of Prime Minister’s Questions to this issue.
Speaking on the issue, Kate Osamor MP says:
“I am glad that the government have finally backed down in the face of overwhelming opposition to tax credits.
I received many letters and emails from constituents about this issue. Tax credits are a vital lifeline for many people in my constituency. The proposals were an unfair attack on hard working families, the very people that the government claimed to support.
The government U-turn is no credit to the Chancellor. It is a result of strong opposition, in the House and on the streets, to these measures. It is a victory for hard working people.
Ultimately, we must not forget that this is a concession, albeit an important one, in a budget that will continue to hit the most vulnerable the hardest. Disabled people have been hit four times harder than anyone else by austerity. The Chancellor has refused to back down on the £12 billion cuts to welfare. The 140,000 families on Universal Credit will suffer the full cut, as will families who newly qualify for tax credits in 2018. This is not a full and fair reversal.”