CAB boss predicts welfare struggle
Families will be hit hard by coming changes
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