Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, yesterday voted against the government’s plans to cut tax credits for working families. Labour secured a debate in the House of Commons on the government’s proposed changes. In his July Budget, the Chancellor announced plans to cut the tax credit system in a move that will see £4.4bn a year taken out of the pockets of low and middle income families across the UK. In Wolverhampton, 17,300 working families, including many without children, will be on average £1,300 a year worse off. In addition, the plans will have an adverse impact on nearly 10,000 children in Emma’s constituency, increasing the likelihood of these children growing up in poverty.

Emma said “This Tory government’s rhetoric about supporting hard working families rings hollow. Instead, they are hitting people in work. In Wolverhampton North East, 6,100 working families will be on average £1,300 a year worse off. Many of these families are doing the right thing, working hard and trying to support their children at a time when the economy is still recovering. That is why I voted against these changes.

“The Tories have decided to target these families with a reduction in their tax credits. This risks increasing the number of children in poverty. I have called on the government to change course and to stop this attack on families in work. George Osborne should admit that he’s got this one wrong, and back down before it’s too late. Otherwise this government will once again be failing families in Wolverhampton.”