New figures from Labour show that 56 per cent of families with children in the North East could be hit by David Cameron’s tax credit cuts, making the region one of the hardest hit areas of the country.
The House of Commons figures also show that 70 per cent of those claiming tax credits in region are actually in work. Over 148,000 families in work benefit from tax credits in the North East.
Ian Lavery, Labour MP for Wansbeck said:
“David Cameron and George Obsorne must come clean about their proposals to cut tax credits. Their plans clearly put over half of the families with children in the region in the firing line.
“Many families have suffered greatly under the first five years of the Tories, with their incomes falling and bills rising, making life a real struggle already.
“Time after time, during the election campaign and in the first month of this government, they have ducked and weaved to avoid revealing the true nature of their plans. It’s not fair and it’s causing great distress for many. It’s time for the Prime Minister to spell out just what he has in store for families across the region and let the public decide whether his cuts are fair.”