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Cuts to tax credits could hit more than half of families in Wythenshawe & Sale East

New figures from Labour show that 60% per cent of families with children in Wythenshawe & Sale East could be hit by David Cameron’s tax credit cuts.

The House of Commons figures also show that 6,000 working families in Wythenshawe & Sale East claim tax credits.

60% per cent of families with children in Wythenshawe & Sale East receive Tax Credits. Across the UK the figure is 51 per cent, with the number rising to 56 per cent in five UK regions.

 

Mike Kane MP said:

 

“David Cameron and George Osborne still haven’t come clean about exactly what cuts to tax credits they are proposing. But it’s clear that low paid working families in the North West are in the firing line. The Tories concealed their proposals from public view throughout the election campaign. It is time for David Cameron and George Osborne to spell them out and let people judge whether or not they are fair.”

“On top of this we have the highest percentage of families in the North West in problem debt and 3038 tenants in the Wythenshawe and Sale East constituency are being affected by the bedroom tax - more than in any other constituency in the UK. My constituents are being absolutely hammered by this Government.

 

 

Region

Proportion of families with children receiving Tax Credits (%)

England

50

North East

56

North West

56

Yorks & The Humber

56

East Midlands

52

West Midlands

56

East

44

London

52

South East

40

South West

47

Wales

56

Scotland

48

United Kingdom1

51

A family with two children working full time at the National Minimum Wage would receive around £4,800 a year in tax credits, providing a vital boost to their living standards. But reports this week suggest that David Cameron is considering drastically cutting tax credits, with average losses to families of £1,400 a year.[1] To make up for that loss, someone working full time at the National Minimum Wage would have to work an additional six weeks.

The figures also show that 70 per cent of families claiming tax credits are in work and across the UK there are over three million working families claiming tax credits.

 

 

Total tax credit recipients (thousands)

Total in work families (with and without children) (thousands  )

Proportion of tax credit recipients in work

United Kingdom

4,567

3,277

72%

England

3,792

2,733

72%

North East

211

148

70%

North West

580

418

72%

Yorkshire and Humber

426

311

73%

East Midlands

338

252

75%

West Midlands

450

319

71%

East

365

267

73%

London

607

409

67%

South East

475

349

73%

South West

340

260

76%

Wales

239

167

70%

Scotland

350

250

71%

Northern Ireland

164

113

69%

 

Source: HMRC (April 2015) Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics, April 2015. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/423621/ChildandWorkingTaxCreditsStatistics-April_2015.pdf

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