‘Tory tax credit cuts draconian’ – Mickey Brady

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Thursday, April 13th, 2017
brady17Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has branded Tory plans to cut child tax credits as ‘draconian’ and ‘an attack on women and those most in need’. Speaking to Newry Times, he explained, “The Tory government have intoduced changes to the tax and benefit system.
  “It is a set of changes with huge distributional consequences: tax credit and benefit cuts will mean low-income working families with children will become significantly worse off, while wealthier families stand to gain as a result of increases in the personal allowance and higher rate threshold.”
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25th March 2017The local MP continued, “Changes to the child tax credit system brought in by the Tory government are yet another attack on those most in need, particularly women. This benefit was brought in to help tackle child poverty but now this change in how it is operated by the Tories will actually drive more and more people into poverty.
  “Stopping child tax credits payments at two children is a crude and crass form of discrimination and social engineering which is not acceptable. The clause where a mother can receive child tax credits for a third child if she can prove the child was conceived through rape is disgusting and will only traumatise women further.
  “It will also have a disproportionate impact on the north where the average family is traditionally larger than those in England. In all likelihood, these draconian cuts will lead to a rise in child poverty, especially considering slow wage growth.”
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25th March 2017 Box AdvertHe appealed for anyone concerned to contact him or a benifit advisor. “Once again this is a Tory attack on those most in need and I would urge anyone concerned about child tax credits to seek the help of a benefits advisor.”
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