Sunderland MPs call for tax credit rethink

The results of the vote by the House of Lords to an amendment put down by independent crossbench peer Baroness Meacher to delay controversial cuts to tax credits is read out in the House of Lords. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA story POLITICS TaxCredits. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
The results of the vote by the House of Lords to an amendment put down by independent crossbench peer Baroness Meacher to delay controversial cuts to tax credits is read out in the House of Lords. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2015. See PA story POLITICS TaxCredits. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
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Wearside MPs have welcomed a Government defeat over controversial plans to cut tax credits for millions of working families

Chancellor George Osborne suffered a double defeat in the House of Lords on Monday night.

The Chancellor has failed to understand the worry and alarm this has caused amongst people who work hard and do the right thing. Time and again, ministers have shown they don’t understand the challenges faced by working people in communities like ours.

Bridget Phillipson

“The Government have said they are listening – now they need to act,” said Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott.

“The removal of tax credits for many people, as this government are prosing, will cause real hardship if implemented, hitting people hardest who are doing everything right by working to provide for their families.”

Her Houghton and Sunderland South colleague Bridget Phillipson said: “I welcome the fact the Government have been forced by the Lords to think again on their plans to cut vital tax credits to thousands of families in my constituency and across Wearside.

“The Chancellor has failed to understand the worry and alarm this has caused amongst people who work hard and do the right thing. Time and again, ministers have shown they don’t understand the challenges faced by working people in communities like ours.”

And Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson added: “The cuts the Government is trying to force through would hit almost 6,000 working families in our community, losing them an average of £1,300 a year.

“This is money that many of them simply cannot afford to lose.”

“It is shameful George Osborne has pursued a policy that will plunge children into poverty, and I was extremely pleased to see the House of Lords vote with its conscience.”