South Shields and Jarrow MPs call for George Osborne to rethink tax credit plans

Peers voting on tax credits
Peers voting on tax credits

South Shields MP Emma Lewll-Buck has challenged George Osborne to withdraw his controversial plans to cut tax credits.

Facing the Chancellor at Treasury Questions, just hours after the Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the House of Lords, she said:”Six thousand, four hundred children in South Shields are growing up in families which rely on tax credits.

The message to the Chancellor is clear – have some humility, admit you are wrong and go back to the drawing board.

Stephen Hepburn

“One constituent told me ‘Tax credits at the moment only just make it possible for families to feed and clothe their children as it is. If this Government keep making cuts on those of us who are lowest paid we may just give up hope’.

“The public, the experts, some of his own MPs and the other place (the House of Lords) all agree his plans will victimise working parents and their children, so can the Chancellor please give my constituents some hope and shelve these ridiculous tax credit cuts?”

Speaking afterwards, she said: “It seems the Government is determined to press ahead with these cruel cuts, regardless of the evidence and regardless of the weight of opposition.

“The Tories told the public they would protect tax credits before the election, then announced plans to cut them two months later.”

Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn welcomed the Lords vote: “It’s a disgrace the Tories can find £1billion to fund inheritance tax cuts for the very wealthiest and yet punish hard working people through slashing tax credits by as much as £1,300 a year,” he said.

“The message to the Chancellor is clear – have some humility, admit you are wrong and go back to the drawing board.”