Chil­dren af­fected by wel­fare re­form

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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