Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Tax credit cuts still set to hammer 200,000 working Black Country families

New figures show 200,000 Black Country families will be hit by cuts to the new benefit replacing tax credits.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has accused the Government of trying to con working families, saying that despite promises from David Cameron thousands of local people will still lose out.

Despite changing its plans for tax credits, the Government is pressing ahead with cuts to the Universal Credits that will replace them. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has estimated that the changes will make 2.6 million working families £1,600 a year worse off by 2020.

Official House of Commons statistics have shown that 201,000 people would be affected across the region by 2020. Areas like Dudley and Walsall that have been the first to pilot Universal Credits are set to be hit hardest.

Universal Credits are available to families with children and working people on the lowest wages to help them meet the cost of living.

Ian Austin said:

“Despite promises from David Cameron, these figures prove that thousands of working families across the Black Country will still get hammered by cuts to tax credits.

“The Government has already admitted that they would need to work an extra 200 hours to make up for the amount they will lose.

“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.”

CONSTITUENCY UNIVERSAL CREDIT STATISTICS

Constituency

2015

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Dudley North

422

2,000

5,000

8,000

10,000

Dudley South

396

2,000

5,000

7,000

8,000

Halesowen & RR

218

2,000

5,000

8,000

9,000

Stourbridge

396

2,000

5,000

7,000

8,000

Dudley

1,432

8,000

20,000

30,000

35,000

Aldridge-Brownhills

195

2,000

4,000

6,000

7,000

Walsall North

282

3,000

8,000

11,000

14,000

Walsall South

249

3,000

8,000

11,000

14,000

Walsall

726

8,000

20,000

28,000

35,000

Warley

..

3,000

8,000

11,000

14,000

West Bromwich East

..

3,000

7,000

10,000

12,000

West Bromwich West

..

3,000

8,000

11,000

14,000

Sandwell

0

9,000

23,000

32,000

40,000

Wolverhampton NE

8

3,000

7,000

11,000

13,000

Wolverhampton SE

7

3,000

7,000

11,000

13,000

Wolverhampton SW

..

2,000

5,000

7,000

9,000

Wolverhampton

15

8,000

19,000

29,000

35,000

Cannock Chase

..

2,000

6,000

8,000

10,000

Lichfield

214

1,000

3,000

5,000

6,000

Solihull

241

2,000

4,000

5,000

6,000

South Staffordshire

..

2,000

4,000

5,000

6,000

Stafford

10

2,000

4,000

6,000

7,000

Staffs Moorlands

27

1,000

3,000

5,000

6,000

Sutton Coldfield

158

1,000

3,000

5,000

6,000

Wyre Forest

40

2,000

5,000

8,000

9,000

Black Country & Staffs

2,863

46,000

114,000

166,000

201,000

Source: House of Commons Library

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