Tax Credits

Boris Johnson: I Will Challenge Government Over Tax Credits Cut Roll Out

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons and Owen Bennett | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Politics

London Mayor Boris Johnson will challenge the way the Government is cutting tax credits for working families he revealed today in a swipe at his own p...

IDS Puts Pressure On Benefits Families Not To Have 'Third Child'

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has said the Government's controversial benefits crackdown will teach parents that "children cost money" and put pressure on them no...

Dear Jeremy Hunt: 6 Reasons British Workers Shouldn't Emulate The US And China

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt has suggested that British workers ought to take a leaf out of the book of American and Chinese employees in a bid to boost productivity i...

David Cameron Claims Jeremy Hunt Was 'Misquoted' On Asian Work Ethic Comments

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron today claimed Jeremy Hunt had been “misquoted” when he claimed cutting tax credits was a “cultural signal” that Britain was “p...

The Waugh Zone October 6, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday October 6, 2015... 1) CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE David Cameron has done his traditional T...

Boris Is Trolling George Osborne. Again.

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson is to raise the stakes in the row over the Government's tax credits cuts by using his Tory conference speech to warn against hitting the...

These Are The 'Frightening' Effects Of Tax Credit Cuts On Real People

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 03.10.2015 | UK

People have spoken out on the effect Tory cuts to tax credits will have on them and their families, as a new Labour campaign is launched to stop them....

The Waugh Zone October 2 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday October 2, 2015... 1) TAX EASE FOR BORIS? George Osborne heads to the Tory conference...

The Waugh Zone September 30 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday September 30, 2015... 1) BOMBING IN THE MEDIA The morning after the speech before,...

Tax Credit Cuts Are Just the Start of the Austerity Damage Being Done

Dave Prentis | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

Speaking after the election, David Cameron told the nation that his government would be on the side of those 'who work hard.' But six months on a very different story is emerging. And it is the incomes of hard-working families that are to be hit once again. Next April, three million low to middle income households face a savage cut to their incomes - the equivalent in some cases of more than 10% of their take home pay. A contract cleaner recently burst into tears when she realised what the changes meant for her family, and I am sadly not short of other heartbreaking stories.

Tax Credit Cuts Will Hit Single Parents Hardest

Octavia Holland | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

We are very worried the cuts to tax credits put a further barrier in place for these single parents who want to support their families in work. Because if upping your hours, or winning that promotion means you lose more tax credit cuts than you gain in pay, taking that next step might not make financial sense.

Shadow Chancellor Calls For £10 Min Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics

New Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has unveiled his first policy - a £10 per hour minimum wage. On the day that the Tory government attempts to ...

The Government's Changes to Tax Credits Will Have a Serious Impact on the Lives of Millions

Baroness Manzoor | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Manzoor

On Tuesday the House of Commons will vote on the rather boringly named 'Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015'. This won't be a debate you'll see being carried live on TV, it may even pass by without mention, but for millions of people it will have a serious impact on their income and quality of life. That's because these regulations make major changes to the tax credit system on which many families rely in order to make ends meet... The Conservative Party once promised not to balance the books on the back of the poor but sadly that is exactly what they appear to be doing now. As Liberal Democrats we will stand up to this injustice.

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.