Seema Malhotra MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary have written to non-Labour MPs ahead of today’s opposition day debate on tax credits.
Seema Malhotra and Owen Smith, writing to non-Labour MPs, said:
Dear fellow MPs,
We write ahead of tomorrow's debate on tax credits, asking you to vote to help avert deeply damaging cuts to the incomes of low and medium paid working people across Britain.
Since Parliament last debated this issue, a huge amount of new expert independent analysis has emerged, showing the true scale of the cuts.
As a result, we now know that from April, around 3 million working families will lose an average of £1,300 per year. While, one million single parents in work will be £1,000 a year worse off as a result of these cuts, and one and a half million married women will be £600 a year poorer. The changes will also result in 200,000 more children pushed in to poverty next year alone. Furthermore, hundreds of thousands of self-employed workers who depend on tax credits do not stand to benefit from the increase in the minimum wage that Ministers say will off-set the tax credit cuts.
This issue transcends narrow party lines, as surely none of us came in to politics to take money away from low and middle paid workers. Tuesday's vote is a chance to show that by voting to reverse the cuts to tax credits.
If left to go ahead, the changes will make people significantly worse off the length and breadth of the country, hitting thousands of people in every constituency. This is why representatives of all parties have raised concerns about this issue.
So we are writing to all Members of Parliament, as tomorrow each of us has the chance to stand up for working people in our own constituencies and across Britain. We respectfully ask you to work with us, grasp that opportunity and help end the deeply unfair tax credit cuts.
Owen Smith MP
Seema Malhotra MP