Government accused of covering up negative impact of tax credit cuts

The government has been accused of trying to hide the impact of its welfare reforms after producing an analysis that fails to show how the changes will hit different sections of the population.

A Treasury document issued this week to an obscure Lords select committee is the first attempt by the government to set out the impact of the tax credit cuts announced in the post-election summer budget, but the analysis only shows the impact by income on families already in receipt of tax credits, as opposed to the impact by income on the population as a whole.

The Treasury select committee and the work and pensions select committee have been asking for a full impact assessment since August, but ministers have hidden behind a careful set of wording to avoid showing how George Osborne’s claim that eight out of 10 families will be better off by 2017-18 will be borne out.

Frank Field, the chairman of the work and welfare select committee, accused ministers of trying to bamboozle parliament and the public.

Source: Government accused of covering up negative impact of tax credit cuts | Money | The Guardian

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4 Thoughts to “Government accused of covering up negative impact of tax credit cuts”

  1. We cannot overpromote this. Now (according to the government) working people are scroungers too…

  2. Tony Dean

    There is no “work and welfare” committee. There is a Work and Pensions committee.

    http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/

    1. Mike Sivier

      That’s the Graun for you.

  3. Dez

    Sounds like the usual low life government cheap tricks department are at work spinning themselves out of adverse PR instead of being totally transparent as they promised.
    Good emotional outburst on Question Time last night at nearby Dover where an emotional lady had obviously now worked out exactly how deep these proposed cuts were going to hit her. We’re going to need more food banks and plenty of riot shields when this hopelessly thought out plan finally hits the fan. I’m sure no fat cat banker is going to lose any sleep on their plight.

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