Tax credit cuts put 71 Tory Parliamentary seats at risk. Will Osborne care?

Do not believe for one moment that Conservative MPs are concerned about families being punished by their government’s policies.

If Osborne relents, it will be because the tax credit cut could threaten his party’s chances of re-election in 2020. Tories love power and see keeping it as a kind of game.

That course of action would lead inevitably to the question of how Osborne would find the money that the government would not have spent if the cut went ahead. Would he do something even more draconian?

Finally, there’s the “Taxpayers’ Alliance solution” to consider. Will Osborne go through with the cut in the belief that people will have forgotten it by 2020 – or at least, that they will have forgotten the Tories were responsible for it?

George Osborne has come under fresh pressure to halt controversial cuts to tax credits as new research shows that 71 Tory MPs in marginal seats could be vulnerable to a backlash from families hit by dramatic falls in their incomes.

The impact of the cuts, which will leave 3.2 million families worse off by an average of £1,300 a year from next April, is already causing concern among Conservative MPs and ministers, who believe they will punish precisely the kind of working families David Cameron claims to represent.

The electoral danger to the Conservatives is also laid bare in research released by Labour ahead of a Commons debate on the issue on Tuesday. It shows that 71 Tory MPs, including 23 new members of parliament in marginal seats, have more families who are set to lose substantial sums than was the size of their majority last May.

Source: Tory MPs in 71 marginal seats at risk from cuts to tax credits | Politics | The Guardian

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7 thoughts on “Tax credit cuts put 71 Tory Parliamentary seats at risk. Will Osborne care?

  1. Nick

    So where that leave all of those sick and disabled that have died over the past few years ? Osborne and his supporters have never concerned themselves with their deaths
    so i cant see him backing down

    if he has the mindset to kill off the sick and disabled with IDS then it’s game over for those groups of people and that’s the reality

    The idea that someone from the UN is in town to shock him into changing his mind is never going to happen

  2. NMac

    I wonder if they’ll carry on with it and hope that many will have forgotten by 2020? Certainly they couldn’t care less about who will be hurt or how hard it hurts them.

  3. Jarrow

    The question is: If Osborne relents on Tax Credit cuts where would he impose equivalent cuts in Social Security equal to those proposed vis-a-via Tax Credits to reach his promised £12 Bn “savings” in “welfare”? It seems to me that, just as with the Bedroom Tax, Osborne believes that if he cuts Tax Credits now and wages go up much later, by the time of the next election the storm brewing will have blown over and enough people will no longer care about the issue to threaten a further Conservative victory in 2020. The final outcome, whichever way it goes, could be catastrophic for millions of innocent citizens.

  4. Dez

    Hopefully the middle class will also join the fray before next April when two less publicised facts turn up. First those contracted out will realise how much they will get clobbered with the Pension catch up via their National Insurance contribs ie Avg £25K earner pays £268 pa. £50k = £479pa. Employers contribution will also increase. This will touch the middle class professional who are in final salary schemes Public and Private.. Government seems a little shy about fully publicising this Seond issue is that still not fully appreciated that the new pension next April would not be fully paid for all those having paid 35 years NI because those that were contracted out will be deducted payments from their pension…..estimates are that just one in three will get the promised full payment. Maybe some more unhappy bunnies on the horizon.

  5. mrmarcpc

    Answer is not a jot! He’s already thinking about being leader so he won’t care one bit about seats of theirs being in jeopardy, he’s already thinking like he’s in charge and we all know leaders are out of touch, he is right now as chancellor, he will not care at all!

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