I am not just complaining because I am on the red team. Heidi Allen, a new Tory MP, said in the House of Commons last month that “we could pull in our belts—but many of the families affected by the proposed changes do not have that luxury. Choosing whether to eat or heat is not a luxury. That is the reality.”
Over three million families will be affected by this cut to tax credits. In my constituency alone, there are about eight thousand children in families that will be hit. Instead of helping working people, the Tories are pushing through changes which will hit working families in the wallet.
The Tories have not planned any transitional changes to protect affected families. 2.7 million families with children will be left out of pocket, and there is a real risk that children will suffer directly as a result of these changes.
A vote in the House of Lords has succeeded in postponing the policy’s introduction – but it will come around sooner or later. I am calling on the Government to perform a complete U-turn.
This column was originally published in the Stockport Express on 11th November 2015