CAB boss pre­dicts wel­fare strug­gle

Fam­i­lies will be hit hard by com­ing changes

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The man­ager of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau thinks last week’s bud­get will hit strug­gling fam­i­lies in the two towns hard.

Sharon Hamp­son told the Re­former there had al­ready been peo­ple com­ing in to speak to them since Ge­orge Os­borne re­vealed the first all-Tory bud­get in nearly 20 years last Wed­nes­day.

Among the mea­sures re­vealed were no au­to­matic hous­ing ben­e­fit for 18- to 21- year- olds, a freeze on work­ing age ben­e­fits for four years, child tax cred­its re­stricted to two chil­dren by 2017, ben­e­fits capped at £20,000 from £26,000 and cuts to em­ploy­ment and sup­port al­lowance pay­ments for new claimants deemed ca­pa­ble of “work-re­lated ac­tiv­ity”.

The chan­cel­lor did an­nounce plans for a new, com­pul­sory liv­ing wage of £9 by 2020 and an in­crease in the level at which peo­ple start pay­ing in­come tax, but op­po­nents have dubbed it a “typ­i­cally Tory bud­get,” and ac­cused him of hit­ting the poor­est while cut­ting in­her­i­tance tax and cor­po­ra­tion tax.

It’s al­ready started and it’s go­ing to get worse

Red box Ge­orge Os­borne in Down­ing Street last week as he pre­pares to give the first com­pletely Con­ser­va­tive bud­get in nearly 20 years

Con­cern Sharon Hamp­son of Ruther­glen CAB says many of her clients will be hit hard by the bud­get

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