Today, Rachel commented on the latest research about the Tories changes to tax credits. Rachel said:
'Three million families across the country will be affected by this cut and in our city this is 24,000 families. In my constituency of Leeds West, this is 4,900 hard working families. The Government should not be hitting families who work hard day after day just to get by.
Just a few months ago, David Cameron ruled out any cuts to tax credits, which will make working families on average £1,300 worse off from next April. His claims that these families will be compensated by his so-called ‘National Living Wage’ have already been rubbished by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
More and more people are coming to my advice surgeries worried about how they will provide for their families and make ends meet. These tax credit changes will be a real blow and create even bigger financial difficulties for local people. We do need to balance the books, but the way to do that isn't to hit the wallets of working families.
David Cameron needs to stop this tax credit cut.'