Child poverty figures to be rigged to allow tax credit cuts

UNEMPLOYED IN TYNE & WEAR

There are growing indications from the government that the way child poverty is measured will be changed in order to allow tax credits to be cut, as part of the plan to reduce the benefits bill by £12 billion.

David Cameron dropped heavy hints in a speech on Monday that he plans to cut tax credits available to low paid workers. He said he wanted to see:

“A welfare system that encourages work – well paid work.”

However, he went on to add:

“The wrong track though, is to ignore the causes, and simply treat the symptoms of the social and economic problems we face.

“Take for example the complacency in how we approach the crucial issue of low pay. There is what I would call a merry-go-round.

“People working on the minimum wage having that money taxed by the government and then the government giving them that money back…

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