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Tory Tax Credit Cuts – The Campaign Goes On


Lewisham Labour were delighted to see the Tory government’s planned Tax Credit Cuts thrown out by the House of Lords this week. But the campaign is not over yet.
The Tax Credit cuts would have hit 15,000 working families in Lewisham from next April, making them £1,300 a year worse off. Nationally, the plans would have forced an extra 200,000 children into poverty by 2020. These cuts would have hit working families, trying to get by on low incomes.
Members of the House of Lords voted decisively to reject the plans. They supported a Labour plan to provide transitional financial support for at least three years for those likely to be affected.
But today, David Cameron refused to rule out trying to force the cuts through. The Labour Party in Lewisham and across the country will continue to fight to defeat these damaging cuts that would hit thousands of families locally. 
Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham said; ‘the Tories want to cut the Tax Credits that support the poorest working people, at the same time as cutting taxes for the wealthiest. Public pressure is growing on the Tories to think again. Let’s show them that as a country we want to make work pay and that we can’t balance the books on the backs of the poorest.’
Cllr Joe Dromey, Cabinet Member for Policy and Performance said; ‘we’ve been campaigning hard against the Tory Tax Credit cuts in Lewisham. They would hit hard working local people – cleaners, shop-workers, nurses – pushing them and their children into poverty. This can’t be right. We’ll continue the campaign until the Government abandons these vicious cuts.’

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