MP concerned families ‘in the firing line’ with tax credits cut

MP Stephen Hepburn is concerned at how families in Jarrow could be affected by planned cuts to tax credits.
MP Stephen Hepburn is concerned at how families in Jarrow could be affected by planned cuts to tax credits.

An MP from South Tyneside has called on the Government to “come clean” about plans to cut tax credits.

Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn has voiced his concern after new figures showed cuts to tax credits could hit more than half of families in his constituency.

It’s clear that low paid working families in the Jarrow constituency are in the firing line

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There are 5,800 families in the ward receiving tax credits, and 3,800 of the are in work, according to the House of Commons figures.

According to Labour figures, 59% of families with children in the Jarrow constituency could be hit by the changes.

Chancellor George Osborne is set to reveal £12billion of welfare cuts in an emergency budget on Wednesday.

Tax credits for those on low wages are expected to be slashed, with Prime Minister David Cameron claiming he wants to end the “ridiculous merry-go-round” of low earners being taxed, then getting the money back in benefits.

The full plans are yet to be fully explained, though, with MP Hepburn concerned Jarrow families will be “in the firing line”.

He said: “David Cameron and George Osborne still haven’t come clean about exactly what cuts to tax credits they are proposing.

“But it’s clear that low paid working families in the Jarrow constituency are in the firing line.

“The Tories concealed their proposals from public view throughout the election campaign.

“It is time for David Cameron and George Osborne to spell them out and let people judge whether or not they are fair.”

Across the UK, 51% of families with children receive tax credits.