Kate Osamor MP has spoken out against proposed cuts to tax credits.
She took this action after new figures from Labour showed that 72 per
cent of families in Edmonton could be hit by David Cameron’s tax credit
plans. The House of Commons figures also show that 78 per cent of children
in the constituency are in families claiming tax credits. Across the UK the
figure is 51 per cent, putting the area well above the national average.
Estimates suggest that 42% of children in Edmonton are already living
in poverty when housing costs are taken into account. Tax credit cuts
could cost the average family up to £1,400, pushing thousands more
children below the poverty line.
Kate Osamor MP said:
“The Tories still haven’t come clean about their plans for tax credit cuts.
But it’s clear that it’s working families in Edmonton will be hit especially
hard by any changes.”
“In my constituency surgeries, I already meet many people who are in
work and struggling to get by. The people of Edmonton simply cannot
afford cuts to this important benefit.”