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Tax Credits will be this Chancellor’s Poll Tax

October 21, 2015 10:42 AM

Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron has branded George Osborne's unfair tax credit changes the Chancellor's very own Poll Tax.

As a debate takes place in Parliament on the changes that will penalise working families, Tim said:

"George Osborne's attack on working families is an aggressive assault on millions of people in Britain. Saying you are listening is cold comfort to hard working people who face losing a large part of their pay packet.

"The Tories promised tax credits were safe during the election but this was completely untrue. It is time for the Chancellor to show the leadership he so badly craves and scrap this disastrous policy.

"George Osborne should learn from his own party's history, and change his mind on tax credits, or give up on any desire he has to be Prime Minister."

Tim is also a signatory to a cross-party motion from Frank Field MP this afternoon (Tuesday) to try and secure a backbench debate on the tax credit cuts. The wording of the debate is:

That this House calls on the Government to bring forward proposals that protect at nil cost the lowest paid workers from the proposed lowering of the earnings threshold and increasing of the taper rate for tax credits.