Tom Brake MP will stand against the Government´s plans to cut Universal Credit, which threatens to cut the incomes of those on low and middle incomes. The cuts, planned to take effect from 2017/2018, would mean that new Universal Credit claimants who are in work would, on average, receive more than £1,000 less than current claimants.
The Government´s own advisory body, the Social Mobility and Child poverty Commission, warned that ”there is a risk that incentives to progress in work for many families could end up being worse than they were… The immediate priority must be… reversing the “planned” cuts to work allowances… before they are implemented”.
Criticising the plans as nothing more than a remould of the planned tax credit cuts scrapped by the Government in the autumn, the Liberal Democrats are preparing to table an amendment in the House of Lords to the Government´s Welfare Reform and Work Bill in a drive to stop the latest plans from going ahead.
Tom said: “We strongly opposed the Government´s plans to cut tax credits and we were successful. I will do all I can to prevent these latest plans from introducing essentially the same changes and putting some of the most vulnerable in our community at the greatest disadvantage.”