Lib Dem amendment aims to repeal £1000 cut for low-paid families

The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment which would stop the Chancellor’s planned cuts to Universal Credit which are still in place, meaning that families on the lowest income will face a similar annual cut in income as those who receive tax credits. Osborne stopped the tax credit cuts after political pressure but the Universal Credit cuts are still planned to go ahead.

The changes mean that anyone applying for Universal Credit from 2017 would be £1000 worse off.

Work and Pensions spokesperson Zahida Manzoor said:

George Osborne claimed he listened to concerns about low income working families losing out when he U-turned on Tax Credits, but in fact he has simply delayed the pain.

Universal Credit is a good system, that Liberal Democrats fought for in Government, but George Osborne Is taking apart that good work to create a system that is far less generous to working people.   If he and the Government are serious about supporting people on low incomes who go out to work every day then they need to drop these savage cuts to Universal Credit.

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One Comment

  • I had no idea the Lib Dems ‘fought for’ Universal Credit when they were in coalition.
    That Osborne is ‘taking apart that good work to create a system that is far less generous to working people’ (low waged) is no surprise.
    What does surprise me is that there are no comments on LDV about this post!
    What is the wording of the tabled amendment?

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