This may need to be explained many times:
The Tory tax credit cut means people who currently receive the HMRC-funded boost to their income will lose money – thousands of pounds per year in many cases.
Employers are being offered no incentive to increase wages whatsoever. Claims that the cut is part of a package designed to boost wages are utterly false.
The Tories are planning to raise the minimum wage, calling it the National Living Wage – but the rebranding is another lie, because nobody will be able to live on the new amount to be offered alone.
If you currently receive tax credits, and voted Conservative in the belief that they would honour their promise not to cut your income, you were tricked.
Now pass on the message to everyone you know who was also tricked by these liars.
The government has been forced to defend its plans to cut tax credits after a former Tory voter broke down in tears on the BBC’s Question Time and accused the party of betraying her and thousands of others.
Michelle Dorrell, a mother-of-four who berated a government minister on the panel of the current affairs programme, later revealed that she was now willing to offer qualified support for the new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Dorrell, 35, who runs a nail bar from her home in Folkestone, said on Friday morning after her appearance in the Question Time audience that the Conservative party had lost her vote.
[She] said she and her four children were entirely dependent on a combination of working tax credits and child benefits because her business did not make a profit. “I get £400 a week in tax credits and child maintenance from my ex-partner and child benefit. And that’s what I live on. What I make from the business goes straight back into it.”
Dorrell, who accused the Tories of telling lies to her and others in a similar situation, said that her intervention on Question Time was a spur of the moment response to what was being said.
Defending the government’s decision to cut tax credits by £4.5bn, David Cameron’s spokesman said: “The point the prime minister and government is trying to get across is that it’s important you see the changes we are making in tax credits are part of an overall package of changes, designed to ensure we push wages up.”
He added: “It’s worth remembering with tax credits … they have increased over the years and so the spend on tax credits has gone up and up and up. If we’re going to tackle the overall welfare budget and try to move away from being a high welfare country to a low welfare country, then this is something we have to look at.”
Asked whether Cameron would be making an appointment to meet Dorrell and explain his reasoning, the spokesman said: “The prime minister meets with people from all different walks of life all the time.”
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