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MORAY MP WILL OPPOSE WELFARE BILL PLANS

20/07/2015  

LABOUR CHALLENGED TO STAND UP TO TORY AUSTERITY

Moray’s MP Angus Robertson has confirmed that, along with other SNP MPs, he will oppose Tory plans to cut tax credits.

The welfare bill, to be voted on next Tuesday, includes limiting child tax credits and the SNP intend putting forward amendments to oppose these changes which they believe will be hugely damaging to working families.

Local MP Mr Robertson says the plans will increase the burden on people who are already struggling. Analysis by the Institute for Financial Studies shows that Tory cuts to the work allowance and income threshold elements of universal credit and tax credits alone will cost 3 million families an average of £1,000 a year.

The SNP MP is also challenging Labour MPs to back the SNP’s opposition after the current Labour leader’s comments that she would not oppose the bill.

Angus Robertson MP said:

“Last week’s budget hits the poorest the hardest.  The cuts to child tax credits and the changes to working tax credit will leave many low income families worse off.

“Labour may not be willing to stand up to the Tories and oppose these cuts which leave 13 million families worse off – but the SNP will provide real opposition to these plans.

“In Moray, as across Scotland, tax credits are overwhelmingly paid to working people and in Scotland 95% of tax credits are paid to families with children. So we should make no mistake about where the cuts are being targeted.  The idea that the changes to the minimum wage will fill the gap is simply ludicrous as every sensible economic commentator has made clear.

“There is a very simple question for those Labour MPs who find themselves at odds with their current leader’s position. Will they join with the SNP to vote against this bill?”

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