MP urged to add his voice to protest against tax credits cut
MORE than 100 people in Beaconsfield have signed a petition to MP Dominic Grieve asking him to do what he can to stop cuts to tax credits.
A total of 137 people in the town have signed the document, calling on him to join other Conservative MPs who are opposing George Osborne’s plans to cut tax support for people across the UK.
According to government figures, 13.5 per cent of children in Beaconsfield live in conditions classed as poverty, and campaigners say that this is likely to get worse as a result of cuts to tax credits.
They also say that George Osborne’s plans to cut the tax credits do not add up because a higher minimum wage would not cover the difference.
Sarah [who did not want to give her surname], who lives in Beaconsfield, and who has signed the petition, said: “Tax credits are so important.
“I am a single mum of two and tax credits are the only reason I am able to work.
“They help me to pay for childcare and I’d be devastated if I couldn’t pay for it any longer.
“Tax credits are what enables me to set a good example to my children and work towards a better life for them.
“The idea that the government might cut tax credits fills me with dread.”
Rebecca Falcon, part of the group which set up the petition, urged Dominic Grieve to lend his voice to the campaign.
She said: “People in Beaconsfield are waiting for their MP to stand up for local working families.
“How would Dominic Grieve be able to look a constituent in the eye after these cuts?
“Osborne’s plans will simply punish people on low wages who work hard, but still don’t have enough to make ends meet.
“It will push many families to breaking point.
“But Dominic Grieve has an opportunity to help stop this.
“That’s why we are asking him to join the rising tide of opposition to Osborne’s plans.”