Tom Brake MP has strongly supported the stance by Liberal Democrat peers to move a fatal motion in the House of Lords to stop the Government’s proposed changes to tax credits.
Pushing a fatal motion is a highly unusual step for the House of Lords, but Tom explained that it was the last option available to force the Conservative Government to abandon its punitive tax credit cuts.
Tom said: ‘‘The Government’s cuts to tax credits are unfair and a gross injustice. Not only will they have a significant impact on how much money hard-working low income families have to spend on basics like food and clothes, but they will also act as a serious disincentive to people to take on additional hours of work.’’
“4,100 working families in Carshalton and Wallington will be affected by these cuts, including 7,000 children. Together, these families will lose a total £4,100,000. This is money they would be spending in local shops, helping our local businesses.”
Tom Brake added: ‘‘The Tory cuts will not make work pay but rather hit the very people we want to encourage – those who are working in badly-paid jobs to support their families - but need a bit of additional help due to their low take-home pay.’’
‘‘Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for hard-working local families at a time when over 4,000 of them are facing winter and Christmas with up to £1,300 less in their pockets.”
In response to comments by the Tory MP for Sutton and Cheam, Tom said: “I’ve just seen the Tory MP on television saying tax credit cuts won’t make people worse off. He must be the only person to believe it.”