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Shining a light on the Coalition’s hidden cuts to family budgets

Monday, April 4, 2011

Healey MP Meg Munn is backing a campaign launched by Usdaw to shine a light on the Tory-led Coalition’s hidden cuts to family budgets. She joined Usdaw members and their families at an event in Parliament to highlight the tax and benefit changes that will start hitting families from April.

Usdaw says changes such as the reduction in Childcare Tax Credit and the freezing of Child Benefit will leave many hard working families hundreds of pounds worse off at a time when family budgets are already being squeezed by rising prices and the increase in VAT. The changes represent the biggest shake-up of tax and benefits for over fifty years, but unfortunately many people simply don’t understand or realise the massive impact they are going to have on their family budgets.

Usdaw member Tania Lambert, who has an 11 year old daughter Emma said:

“I’m worried about the hidden cuts the changes to Tax Credits, the freeze in Child Benefit and the increase in VAT.  As a single parent I rely on in-work benefits to make ends meet they’re a real necessity and they mean it makes financial sense for me to work but with all the cuts in support for working parents I’m not so sure anymore.  Like hundreds of thousands of working parents, I’m really beginning to feel the squeeze.”

Meg commented:

“The tax and benefit changes are the government’s hidden cuts. I’m pleased to support Usdaw’s campaign to alert its members and families to them and to help low income families claim what they are entitled too.

There is a real squeeze on family incomes at the moment and making ends meet is going to get even harder. Hearing the stories of hardworking Usdaw members really brings home the hollowness of the government’s claim that they will protect the most vulnerable in society and that we are ‘all in this together’.”

John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary added:

“Many of our members juggle paid work with bringing up children or other caring responsibilities and rely on in-work benefits to make ends meet. Many are worried about money and rising prices so it is vital we give them advice and support to understand what these changes mean for them and their families.

With the cuts many members face, it is vital Usdaw continues to campaign to make sure low income families claim the benefits and Tax Credits they are entitled to and that we challenge the government to safeguard Child Benefit and pay benefits and Tax Credits at an adequate level.”

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Meg with Tania and Emma.

Meg with Tania and Emma.

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