9,300 families in Corby and East Northamptonshire to be hit by Striver’s TaxPosted: January 8, 2013
Following today’s vote in the House of Commons on the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill, Andy Sawford, MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire said:
“In Corby and East Northamptonshire there are 9,300 families who receive working tax credit.
These are middle and lower income working families who will lose hundreds of pounds under the government’s real terms cuts to tax credits and other benefits. This is why I voted against the Government today.
Instead of cutting the household incomes for working people, including teachers, nurses and soldiers from Corby and East Northamptonshire, the Government should stop their millionaires tax cut, which is a £3 billion give away to the richest in society.
We do need to reform our welfare system but our focus should be on helping people into work, that’s why I am backing a Jobs Guarantee for the long term unemployed.
Each day it becomes clearer that the government is desperately out of touch and is failing to get our economy growing”.
Andy also spoke during the debate prior to the vote. He said:
“I share the concern about the Bill’s impact on public service workers. Has my right hon. Friend seen—I am sure he has—the research published over the weekend by the Children’s Society? It shows that 40,000 soldiers will see their household incomes cut if the Bill goes through, along with 300,000 nurses, 150,000 primary school teachers and 9,300 of my constituents, which is why I will be voting against it today”.