Copeland MP, Jamie Reed has written to all Cumbrian MPs in advance of a vote in Parliament on the Government’s cuts to tax credits that come into effect in April 2016.
The Labour Party are forcing a vote on the changes through an Opposition Day Debate on Tuesday 20th October. The motion calls for the Government to reverse the cuts to tax credits.
In Cumbria, there are over 20,000 working families with children claiming tax credits. This means there are around 37,000 children in working families that receive tax credits.
Analysis of the changes by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has revealed that families will be around £1,300 worse off as a result of these changes.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“Independent reports show that the Government’s cuts to working tax credits will push more families into poverty.
“Tens of thousands of hardworking families throughout Cumbria are going to be worse off as a result of the Governments changes. Families will lose thousands of pounds at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet.
“The debate on Tuesday is an opportunity to come together, across party lines to reject these toxic cuts and do what is right for Cumbrian families. I hope all Cumbrian MPs support the call on Government to reverse the tax credit cuts.”