Tom hands over petition against working tax credit changes

Local Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (17th October 2012) presented a 300 strong petition to Parliament that urged the Government to reverse changes working tax credits.

The signatures were collected by Tom and members of the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour Women’s Forum.

Tom said:
“The change to working tax credits has meant that couples with children earning less than around £17,700 had to increase the number of hours they work from a minimum of 16 to 24 hours per week or they will lose all their working tax credit of £3,870 per year. The changes hit over 4,000 hard-working families across Teesside and East Cleveland, and are particularly problematic in areas like my constituency where, for many, part-time work is the only work available.

“Even the former Work and Pensions Minister, Chris Grayling, admitted that some families could end up being £728 per year better off out of work when they lose all their working tax credits once the new rules came into force.”

Cllr Tracy Harvey, Chair of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour Women’s Forum, said:
“The changes to tax credits will plunge thousands of working families into poverty. That is why we are urging the Government to not only reverse these tax credit changes, but to provide real incentives for people to work.”

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