I spoke in Parliament recently on the issue of living standards and I oppose the Government’s policy to cut child benefit and families tax credits.
The Government plans to change the rules surrounding working tax credits. From April, couples with children earning less than £17,700 will need to increase the number of hours they work from a minimum of 16 to 24 hours per week or they will lose all their working tax credit of £3,870 per year.
This is alarming at a time when 1.35 million people are working in part-time jobs as they cannot find full-time work.
As a result of these changes a couple on minimum wage with children working 16 hours a week will be £728 per year better off out of work. This is unacceptable.
It is also unfair that a two-earner family each earning £42,000, a total of £84,000 would keep all their child benefit, yet a single earner family on £43,000 would lose all theirs.
I raised this issue in Parliament in reference to Liverpool:
“It is appalling that in Liverpool Riverside alone, more than 520 children from families who are working, but in low-paid jobs, will suffer as a direct result of that measure.”
The Government’s changes are unfair and will punish low and middle income families.
Social justice must be delivered.