Here are six reasons why Labour are against the cuts to Tax Credits:
1. The cuts to tax credits will hit more than three million families in work.
2. On average, each of these families will lose £1,300 next year.
3. For these families it's effectively a penalty for working.
4. The government has claimed that their so-called 'National Living Wage' (lower than that calculated by the Living Wage Foundation) will compensate for the cut. The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that this is "arithmetically impossible".
5. As a result of the cut, child poverty will increase. The Resolution Foundation has found that all the tax and benefit changes in the Government's summer budget will push 200,000 children into poverty next year.
6. David Cameron never mentioned these plans before his election campaign despite being given lots of opportunity to do so. In fact, before the election he promised not to cut child tax credits and made no mention of any other changes; yet these cuts were announced in his first Budget after the election
How many people are affected in York
There are 8,700 families with children in York claiming tax credits.
They will be £1,300 a year worse off - on average.
The campaign to Stop the Tax Credit Cut
The Labour Party is campaigning both nationally and locally to stop the Tax Credit Cut.
In York, we have held street stalls, gone door to door and spoken to many people about the scale of the cuts. And we've listened when they have told us what a difference it will make to their lives.
Together we can create enough pressure on the Government to drop these plans.
Please sign our petition using the link below
If you can help us with this campaign then please email Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or use the contact form on this web site.
York Councillor James Flinders, Rachael Maskell MP and Richard Corbett MEP with Seema Malhotra MP at the campaign launch.