Campaigners against the proposed cuts to tax credits met with Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell at her constituency office yesterday (November 19).
Representatives of the 38 degrees tax credit campaign were joined by members of Eastbourne People’s Assembly to deliver a petition calling on the MP to vote against any cuts to tax credits.
More than 615 people signed the petition calling on Mrs Ansell to oppose the cuts while more than 160,000 have signed a national petition.
Mrs Ansell said, “I was pleased to take the petition from 38 degrees as I feel that is part of my role as an MP but, of course, that does not mean that I completely agree with the petition’s contents.
“As I have said before, I do have concerns about how tax credits will be implemented and I have talked to the Chancellor about those concerns, and I’m pleased that there will be some form of mitigation to help ease the burden of the changes.
“I do, however, support the Chancellor in the need to reduce the nation’s debt, which has ballooned and is unsustainable.”
The petition comes as the Government moves to reduce the number of people who receive both working and child tax credits.
Under the proposed changes the income threshold for working tax credits would be cut from £6,420 to £3,850 a year, and the rate at which payments are cut will be made faster.
More than 6,800 families in Eastbourne currently receive some form of tax credits, many of whom will be affected by the changes.
Nationally – research by the Independent Institute of Fiscal Studies found – the cuts could leave more than 3 million families worse off, with the average family set to lose £1,100 each year.
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