Labour’s Joe Cullinane has called on Tory Chancellor, George Osborne, to ditch his plans to cut tax credits as the Kilwinning Councillor and Cunninghame South MSP candidate revealed that the policy will take £8.5million per year from local families in the constituency.
6600 families in Cunninghame South are set to lose, on average, £1300 per year if the Tory’s push through their tax credit plans.
Having suffered a big defeat in the House of Lords, where Labour won a vote to have the proposed cuts mitigated or delayed for three years, it is expected that George Osborne will make a further announcement on tax credits during his autumn statement on Wednesday 25th November. Ahead of that statement Councillor Cullinane has written to the Chancellor urging him to ditch the policy and call an end to his ideological austerity agenda.
Speaking ahead of the statement Councillor Cullinane said,
“The Tory’s plan will hammer the budgets of 6600 hard working families in Cunninghame South and take £8.5million per year out of the local economy. Independent experts have stated that the cuts will push families into poverty and it’s clear that they will have a devastating impact locally and I am urging Osborne to use his autumn statement to ditch his plans.”
“If he doesn’t then I have been very clear – if I am elected as the MSP for Cunninghame South next May I will vote to reverse these cuts in full. The Scottish Parliament is getting the power to top-up existing benefits and create new ones and Scottish Labour has a costed plan to use these new powers to protect hard working families across Scotland, like the 6600 in Cunninghame South, from these cuts.”