New figures show that government plans to cut tax credits could hit nearly two-thirds of families living in the Black Country.
The official House of Commons statistics show that 128,900 families would be affected across the region, with 85,400 of those families in work.
Child Tax Credits are available to families with children to help them meet the costs of raising children with Working Tax Credits available to support working people on the lowest wages.
The government announced plans to cut welfare spending by £12 billion in its recent Spending Review, with no guarantees that Tax Credits would be exempt from cuts. It has been reported that Tax Credits could be reduced to 2003 levels as a result, with families with two children set to lose up to £1,690 a year.
Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed the government’s failure to protect Tax Credits, saying it threatens to make it even harder for working families to make ends meet.
Ian Austin said:
“Cutting tax credits would be a disaster for mums and dads working hard but struggling to get by in places like Dudley.
“Without action to increase the minimum wage the only possible effect these cuts could have is to make working people worse off.
“These are exactly the sort of people that need support the most. I want to see a new approach to welfare underpinned by principles of hard work and contribution, and that means more help not less for working families.”