Children affected by welfare reform
THOUSANDS of children in Hillingdon could be directly affected by government plans to cut tax credits, London Assembly member Dr Onkar Sahota has said.
Some 35,600 children from 17,900 families in Hillingdon rely on tax credit top-ups to make ends meet. Of those families the majority – 69% – are working families who could now see a significant reduction in income.
The figures come from a report by Barnardo’s on potential government cuts to family tax credits, with its research finding more than half British children rely on tax credits.
The changes to child tax credits forms part of plans to cut £12 billion from the welfare budget.
Dr Sahota, Labour assembly member for Ealing & Hillingdon, thinks Chancellor George Osborne is intent on targeting the poorest and making their life even more difficult.
He said: “These savage cuts to tax credits will be a massive worry for the thousands of families in Hillingdon who will be affected.
“Yes we have to balance the books but we shouldn’t be putting people in a position where they have to choose between feeding their children and paying their electricity bill.
“The government should be focusing on tackling the causes of poverty, such as London’s high housing costs, instead of taking away support from those already struggling to make ends meet.”