MP urged to add his voice to protest against tax cred­its cut

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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.”

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