Last night the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats voted to cut the incomes of the poorest people in society. Following a fierce 5 hour debate the Government won a key vote on plans to cap working age benefit rises at 1%, below the rate of inflation and the equivalent of a real terms cut.
This is a blow to people in Liverpool and across the country who are already struggling to make ends meet and I and my Labour colleagues voted against the Bill.
As a result of these proposals 7 million working households will lose an average of £165 a year, with two thirds of the households affected by these changes in work.
In Riverside 5,900 people who claim working tax credit will be hit by these measures, as will thousands more who rely on other tax credits, child benefit or jobseekers allowance to pay the bills.
The Government’s decision to hit the poorest the hardest comes at the same time as it decided to give millionaires a tax cut of over £100,000 a year.
The Conservatives and Lib Dems have shown the contempt that they have for the most vulnerable people in society and I find this latest cut deplorable. I will continue to fight against these proposals and to speak up for people in Liverpool who have been left out in the cold by this Government.