Lambeth Labour have called on MPs and peers to reject Tory plans to cut tax credits, after new figures showed almost 15,000 working families in Lambeth could lose on average £1,300 a year.
The figures from the government show that the following number of working families in the area will receive cuts to tax credits, many of these with children:
- Vauxhall: 5,100
- Stretham: 6,000
- Dulwich and West Norwood: 3, 800
Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth's Labour council said:
"These figures show that a huge number of people in Lambeth will be hit by this unfair and vindicitive Tory cut that will hurt working families at a time when many are already struggling financially. It cannot be morally right that 15,000 Lambeth families are going to have this vital support taken away, especially when these are residents who are already working, but need extra support to provide for their family.
It also comes at a time when the government is driving through deep cuts to public services, including local government, that is further hurting our community. We all accept that we need to be financially sensible as a country, but balancing the budget on the backs of working families already struggling to make ends meet is not the way to do it.
"I would urge all MPs and members of the House of Lords to vote against these proposals and send a clear message to George Osborne and David Cameron that they cannot continue to victimise working families in places like Lambeth."