Labour is to make a fresh attempt to overturn the cuts to tax credits introduced in the summer budget by tabling changes to the welfare bill due to be debated next week.
Owen Smith, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said the Labour amendment would give Tory MPs one last chance to reverse tax credit cuts for 3 million families before they face a storm of protest in their constituencies about the changes when voters’ pay packets are hit next year.
Speaking at Conservative conference, David Cameron said “we’ve had the vote in parliament on tax credits” and claimed once again that the reduction would be offset by the introduction of the “national living wage” next April.
Of course, those claims that people will be better off after the introduction of the new minimum wage (it isn’t a living wage, no matter what George Osborne says) have already been shown up as lies.
This means there should be a huge amount of public unrest as Tory voters suddenly realise they have supported a major cut in their own standard of living.
It will be up to those of us who already know, to ensure that these facts are publicised in the run-up to the cut.
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