Families are set to lose out
Tax credit change to affect thousands
Families in Rutherglen and Hamilton West could be set to lose out on £ 6.3million if controversial cuts to tax credits go ahead.
Around 8400 families, accounting for 12,300 children, in the constituency could be affected by the changes announced by Chancellor George Osborne.
The figures are the highest in South Lanarkshire.
In comparison, 6300 families will be affected in the neighbouring East Kilbride constituency, 6900 in Glasgow Central and 6800 in Glasgow South.
The figures were released this week by Liberal Democrat councillor, Robert Brown, who is standing on the Glasgow list at next year’s Scottish Election.
The are based on an analysis done by the Liberal Democrats on information provided by the House of Commons Library.
Councillor Brown, who represents Rutherglen South, said: “There is growing outrage across Britain against the total injustice of these changes from the Conservative Government.
“The people who will lose out most are working families on low or middle incomes and their children.
“The Tories are taking hundreds of millions of pounds away from families across Scotland in this position – and £6.3million lost to the local economy here in Rutherglen and Hamilton West is a lot of money out of the pockets of many people who can ill afford it.
“I cannot see how David Cameron and George Osborne can defend this – they seem more concerned to protect the interests of those at the top of the pile than to help ordinary families on modest incomes.”
However, Taylor Muir, who is standing for the Tories in Rutherglen at next year’s election, defended the changes.
He said: “We are still in a position where we are borrowing far too much so difficult choices have to be made. Indeed that was something the Liberal Democrats and Robert Brown supported for the last five years. I wonder if the change of heart is more to do with their electoral wipeout than anything else.
“Also, you can’t look at the changes to tax credits in isolation. When you take into account the increases in the personal allowance, our move towards a national living wage and increased availability of tax free childcare, most families will be significantly better off with our changes.
“I would echo Ruth Davidson’s suggestion that the Chancellor keeps this under close review and if hardworking families are going to be worse off then we make adjustments to prevent that.”