‘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.


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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