MP hits out at Goverment tax credit plans

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Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero is urging the Government to reconsider a change to tax credit rules which means thousands of families will lose all of their working tax credits unless they can significantly increase their working hours.

Figures show 305 households and 615 children could be affected by the changes in Gloria’s constituency of Ashfield and Eastwood.

The change means that couples with children earning less than around £17,700 will need to increase the number of hours they work from 16 hours per week to a minimum of 24 hours per week or they will lose all their working tax credit of £3,870 per year.

Gloria said “This is a deeply unfair change and out of touch with parents feeling the squeeze and struggling to juggle work and family life. It will mean many will be better off on benefits rather than going to work.”