George Osborne under pressure to reveal how tax credit cuts will affect hard working familiesGeorge Osborne is under increasing pressure to publish a detailed analysis of his tax credit cuts, amid fears they will devastate hard working families. Labours Frank Field, who
chairs the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee,
has written to the Chancellor asking
him to break dow
n the impact of the cuts. David Cameron and George Osborne have defended removing the benefit from some of Britains lowest paid because it will be made
up for by a package of other measures.
But MPs voted unanimously to press the Government to reveal how the cuts will hit 3.2m families, even when increases to the Minimum Wage, the tax-free allowance and
free childcare are taken into account. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8Cancpc蛋蛋预测.必中 elPlay now Mr Field
said: “The high level of cross-party concern on this issue has become very clear over the past couple of weeks, yet we still have no clear picture of what the net effect of these combined changes will be on the 3.2 million families, many on low incomes, who will be affected. It is impossible for Members to represent the interests of their constituents without this information, and we call on the Government to provide the true picture urgently.” In total 20 Tories backed Thursdays motion to publish the figures, including 17 who had voted in favour of the cuts to tax credits when they passed through the House. Frank Field, who chairs the Work and Pensions committee (Image: Getty) A string of Tories took to the Commons chamber to back it, even though many insisted they still support the cuts in principle. The motion in full said: This House calls on the Government to reconsider the effect on the lowest paid workers of its proposed changes to tax credits due to come into force in April 2016, to carry out a
nd publish an analysis of that effect, and to bring forward proposals to mitigate it. Andrew Tyrie, the Conservative Chair of the Treasury Select Committee wrote to the Chancellor in August to ask for a similar analysis.