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Jeff Smith To Vote Against Tax Credits Cuts Today

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Today Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, will vote against tax credit cuts in Parliament.

Earlier this year, George Osborne announced huge cuts to tax credits that will affect working families on low and middle incomes – hitting exactly the sort of families the Tories are now trying to claim they stand up for.

From April, around three million working families will lose an average of £1,300 per year. While one million single parents in work will be £1,000 a year worse off as a result of these cuts, and one and a half million married women will be £600 a year poorer.

In the Manchester Withington constituency, 5,200 families with children receive tax credits – the vast majority of whom are working parents. Almost all of these families will affected by tax credit cuts and will now lose an average of £1300 each year. 

Tory Ministers have dismissed concerns over cuts to tax credits because at the same time they are increasing the minimum wage. But the average family currently receiving tax credits will still be significantly worse off, even after taken into account the introduction of a higher national minimum wage.

Jeff Smith said: “Earlier this year, George Osborne announced huge cuts to tax credits that will affect working families on low and middle incomes – hitting exactly the sort of families the Tories are now trying to claim they stand up for.

People will understand that at times governments have to make difficult financial decisions, but what is impossible to justify is making low and middle earning families bear the brunt of the economic crisis. Today I’ll be voting against their plans and urge Tory MPs to act now and help us reverse their unfair cuts to tax credits.”

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