Tax Credits

Cameron's EU Renegotiation Plans May Have Just Lost Him The Support Of Young People

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK

Tens of thousands of young people could lose their right to claim benefits for four years as part of radical new proposals to curb payments to EU migr...

Confirmed: Welfare Bill Leaves Millions Of Low Paid 'Strivers' Worse Off

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics

Millions of hard-working low-paid Brits will be an average of £1,350 worse off thanks to Tory cuts, the chairman of an influential Commons committee ...

Child Tax Credits? Already Being Cut

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Gwalchmai

The cuts have already come. That "slow pace of welfare cuts" announced in the budget? Not true. Especially for child tax credits. Child tax credi...

A Budget That Leaves Working People Worse Off

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

Three million working families will bear the brunt of the Chancellor's £4.5billion cuts to tax credits. These changes to tax credits - which he failed to outline prior to the election - penalise the very people in work who are trying to do the right thing by earning a wage to make ends meet.

Single mother who had sleepless nights over tax credit cuts reacts to the Budget

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics

A single mother who was having sleepless nights over fears George Osborne would slash her child tax credits admits she felt “relief” after yesterd...

Tax Credits - A Hand-Up Not a Handout

Jess Phillips | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

We seem to be harking back to a time when we thought teenage girls had babies to get council flats. Unlike me, the Chancellor has obviously never pushed out a 10lb 10oz baby and endured 15 odd stitches. Let me tell you it would take a lot more than an extra £25 quid a week to make me do that again. I think I'd turn down a Euromillions windfall in fact!

The Waugh Zone July 9, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday July 9, 2015... 1) THE GEORGIAN ERA The morning after the Budget before and this is t...

For All George Osborne's Rhetoric, Too Many of the Tories' Policies Remain Anti-Working People

Yvette Cooper | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Yvette Cooper

Today George Osborne sets out his first budget as Chancellor in a majority Conservative Government. Talk is cheap - now is the time to put to the test his claim that the Tory party can really be the party of working people. After all the extensive briefing, it's not looking good for George Osborne's claims for his Party... For all the rhetoric, too many of the Tories' policies remain anti-working people. A real agenda for working people today based on Labour values would mean not just the long overdue increases in the minimum wage, but strong incentives for the living wage, continued support for tax credits, a plan for a childcare revolution to support working parents.

The Budget: A Nervous Wait for Single Parents

Octavia Holland | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

We've been hearing from single parents who are incredibly worried about the cuts they are hearing about in the media and are anxiously waiting to hear where the axe will fall in the Chancellor's statement.

Fiscal Pain Relief? How More Accountability on Tax Reliefs Could Help Ease the Welfare Squeeze

Gavin Kelly | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Kelly

As the Budget approaches we await the details of deep cuts in welfare spending, but the fact that they are coming is beyond doubt. Every sinew is being strained in the cause of deficit reduction. Or is it? Largely absent from public debate to date is the more than £100billion that goes each year into tax reliefs - lower taxes for particular groups or activities.

'I'm having sleepless nights' A single mother begs George Osborne not to slash child tax credits

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics

It is not the hot weather keeping single mother Nicola Marshall awake at night, but growing worries over money. The 37-year-old is unable to sleep...

If You Want Higher Wages You Need Stronger Unions

Steve Turner | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Steve Turner

Tory guru Steve Hilton has had a revelation: low pay causes poverty. From one Steve to another, welcome to the real world. But as your party is about to unveil its first full blue-blooded Tory Budget in 19 years you need to think a bit more about what - and who - drives poverty in this country... The scale of cuts - the deepest yet to our public services and benefits - will hit all but the very wealthiest. Women, the disabled, the low-waged, those not in work, those who need help with ever-spiralling housing costs and children will not be spared.

How Much Do Families Rely on Tax Credits?

Julia Unwin | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Politics
Julia Unwin

Increasing take home pay enables state support to fall back, making it the key to reducing the cost of in-work support to low earning families (whether through tax credits or under Universal Credit). But reducing in-work support without increasing take home pay first will simply result in low earning working families falling even further short of a decent living standard.

Obamacare: A British Man's Letter To The American Citizen

Karl Davis | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Dear American Citizen, I write from the other side of the Atlantic. Our homelands are separated by a vast, malevolent body of water. Thousands of miles stand between us, yet still we share so many things, music, theatre, fashion, culture, history, high street stores and banking ties, and much more. Our military train together, and politicians lean on each other. We really aren't that different.

Is It Time To Cap Child Benefit To Two Kids?

PA | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Politics

Families would only be able to claim benefits for two children under plans put forward by a member of David Cameron's policy board aimed at cutting bi...

Let's Stop Subsidising Big Companies to Exploit Poor People

Salman Shaheen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

Reverse the Tory trend towards equalising corporate tax rates for small and big businesses, push rates back up for large companies and lower them for smaller ones, and slash VAT to boost the high street. It's time to move to a basic principle of a fair day's work for a fair day's pay. It's time for a mandatory living wage.

We Need Growing Numbers of Good Jobs to Tackle In-Work Poverty, Not Just Any Old Jobs

Katie Schmuecker | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Katie Schmuecker

The report from the TUC tells us that four in five of the jobs created over the last three years are in low paying sectors. Indeed, retail and residential care have been the two biggest contributors of new jobs. Now, it's important to note that not all of these jobs will be low paying but the chances are the majority of them will be. This is bad news.

Mother Pocketed Hundreds Of Thousands In Benefit Fraud

PA | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK

A mother has been found guilty of fraudulently pocketing more than £350,000 in benefits and tax credits by claiming her children had disabilities and...

Universal Credit 'Will Not Benefit Most Families'

PA | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics

Most families will gain nothing from the government's new Universal Credit , with ministers overstating the generosity of the benefit, a new report cl...

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Benefits?

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 04.01.2013 | UK Politics

A TUC report out on Friday suggests that "widespread ignorance" is to blame for negative public perceptions of the UK welfare system. It also accus...

Childcare Costs 'Outweigh Benefits Of Work', Says Report

PA | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK

Childcare costs mean going out to work full-time is now hardly worthwhile for a growing number of "second earners" in middle and low income families, ...

The Government Have Lost the Plot and Completely Forgotten About the Single Parent

Shan Ellis | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Politics
Shan Ellis

Gives us a break Mr. Osborne, some of us really do want better.

IDS: Go On Strike? Your Benefits Might Be Cut

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK Politics

Unions have reacted angrily to government plans which would see low-paid workers having their benefit payments stopped if they go on strike. Employ...

350,000 Children In Poverty Could Lose Free School Meals, Charity Warns

PA | Posted 19.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than 350,000 children could lose their free school meals under the government's planned welfare reforms, a charity has warned. An analysis by ...

Ed Balls Slams Impact Of 'Tax Credits 'Bombshell

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2012 | UK Politics

Changes to tax credits and benefits that come into force on Thursday will cost families £511 a year on average an analysis by a respected think tank ...