Why are we discovering this only now, months after the plan to cut tax credits was introduced, after it was opposed in the Commons and overturned by the Lords?
This is a Tory trick that will harm nearly a million people, and Labour, the SNP, all the other opposition parties, and the Upper House have all let it pass.
John McDonnell might now be saying, “There will be many Tory MPs who told their constituents that their Chancellor was not cutting their tax credits who’ll now be left looking silly,” but it remains a fault of the Labour Party that this “hidden” trick went unnoticed.
MPs of all colours need to understand – right now – the fundamental principle of UK politics: Conservatives lie.
They deceive, they dissemble, they obfuscate. They present themselves as doing one thing when in fact they do another.
That is why every single piece of Tory legislation has to be subjected to the closest, most rigorous examination, checking for every possible end result.
And then the Tories must be challenged on every tiny detail.
Labour – and the SNP and all the rest – have been far too trusting.
So have the UK electorate – and we are being penalised for it every day.
It is long past time we all woke up – and wised up.
Hundreds of thousands of workers face being clobbered by Tory tax credit cuts because of a little-noticed change that survived George Osborne’s U-turn.
The Chancellor claimed he was scrapping tax credit cuts which would have seen 3.2 million families lose an average of £1,300 a year.
But the Mirror revealed on the day of his U-turn how changes to the ‘income rise disregard’ would still go ahead from April this year.
Now official figures show the policy, which says how much income can go up by before tax credits are recalculated, will hit nearly a million people after it is widened to affect more families.
Handed to an obscure House of Lords committee , they show the Treasury plans to rake in £935million using the income rise disregard over the next five years.
Next year the figure will be £170million – around £210 for every one of the 800,000 claimants affected.
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