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PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn Has Now Asked David Cameron Nine Times About Tax Credits And There's 'No Answer'

04/11/2015 13:31 GMT | Updated 04/11/2015 13:59 GMT

Jeremy Corbyn has received "no answer" from David Cameron over the impact of cuts to tax credits after asking the Prime Minister nine questions in row over the controversial welfare crackdown.

The Labour leader appears to have opted for a Jeremy Paxman-like approach after probing the Tory leader on three occasions on the cuts at Prime Minister's Questions today, which followed using all six of his questions on the issue last week.

The former Newsnight presenter famously grilled then Home Secretary Michael Howard with the same question 12 times.

Mr Corbyn opened with the now familiar refrain: “Can he guarantee that next April nobody is going to be worse off as a result of cuts to working tax credits?”

He followed up by citing comments from Tory MP Andrew Percy, who last week called for measures to mitigate the blow, and a question from Gulf War veteran Keiran, whose was set to lose out and asked: "Is this how the Government treats veterans?"

The Government has had to go back to the drawing board over its plans to find £4.4 billion worth of savings from slashing the top-up payment for low-paid workers after a House of Lords vote.

Chancellor George Osborne has said he will reveal his revised proposals at his Autumn Statement later this month.

Mr Cameron replied in the Commons: "In three weeks' time we will announce our proposals and he will be able to see what we'll do to deliver the high pay, low tax, lower welfare economy we want to see."

But the Labour leader's spokesman said after the session the Prime Minister has yet to address the question about not hurting any low-paid families.

"We've now had nine questions on tax credits and no answer," he said.

TAX CREDITS: THE IMPACT

Tax credits are welfare payments to families raising children and working people on low incomes.

More than three million families will lose an average of £1,300 a year from April

The cuts will deliver £4.4bn of the Chancellor’s planned welfare cuts by reducing the earnings level at which tax credits start to be withdrawn from £6,420 to £3,850.

The Government says eight out of 10 would be "better off" overall from a package which also includes increases in the minimum wage for over-25s, rises in the income tax threshold and extended free childcare.

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