Tax Credit Cuts

The Conservative government has today launched an attack on working families in Dartford by voting to cut tax credits and reducing the household incomes of thousands of people. 

The cuts, supported by Dartford’s MP Gareth Johnson, will hit each one of the 4,000 working families in Dartford who currently receiving tax credits. These changes will see families lose an average of £1,000 a year.

The changes, which were not in the Conservative manifesto, also introduce a work penalty – meaning that families will see their tax credits taken from them at a lower earnings threshold and at a higher rate.

Labour are opposed to the changes – they are unfair and will reduce the household income for thousands of working families in Dartford.

With 46% of children in Dartford living in families that currently receive tax credits, the changes also risk increasing levels of child poverty, which is already at unacceptably high levels in parts of our Borough.

Labour’s leader in Dartford Cllr Jonathon Hawkes voiced his party’s concerns: 

“Labour are opposed to these unfair changes which are an attack on the incomes of working families. At a time when we need to focus on reducing levels of child poverty in Dartford, this cannot be an acceptable way to reduce the benefits bill.  Labour wants to see a higher wage economy in Dartford where people are less reliant on tax credits to make ends meet - we achieve that by working with businesses to create good jobs paying a real living wage– not cutting the incomes of thousands of working families”

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