‘Wes We Can’ : The Tax Credit Debate – A Local Perspective

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Last month, a number of the Redbridge Gingerbread group met with Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, one of 4 Redbridge constituencies. The meeting came at the end of an exciting week in politics. Days earlier, the House of Lords had voted for a motion which would delay George Osborne’s planned tax credit cuts for three years, and the chancellor had been sent back to the drawing board amid cries of a constitutional crisis. Whatever your view on the House of Lords and whether such a move was justified, it made for the biggest news story of the week and single parents (who will be worse off) were arguably at the heart of the debate.

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And that’s where they should have been – as Heidi Allen MP said in her maiden speech during the debate, this is not merely a matter of numbers on a spreadsheet; tax credit claimants are real…

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