McLeod calls for rethink of Tax Credit cuts

> FIGURES SHOW EXTENT OF IMPACT ON WORKING FAMILIES
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> Commenting on reports highlighting figures which show the extent of the effect of tax credit cuts that are planned for next year by George Osborne, Aileen McLeod MSP said that the impact on around 200,000 working families with children across Scotland was “nothing short of scandalous” and called on the Westminster Tory Government to reverse its plans.
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> The figures – published by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre – show the devastating financial implications for those in receipt of Tax Credits, should the cuts go ahead as planned.
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> Aileen said:
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> “These figures show that 5,600 families in Galloway and West Dumfries face a cut to their Tax Credit entitlement as a result of the changes announced by Tory Ministers at Westminster. This won’t just have a devastating impact on their income but will also affect any subsequent support they are entitled to.
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> “As many as 3,400 ordinary working families with children in Galloway and West Dumfries out of that 5,600 stand to lose around £3,000 a year as a result of these cuts. That is nothing short of scandalous.
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> “Recent figures highlighting around 300 job losses in Dumfries and Galloway due to wider Tory welfare cuts further compound the issue, which will have a severe impact on both individuals and businesses across the area as up to £42million is sucked out of our poorest communities.
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> “The impact of these cuts will become clear next year as families that rely on tax credits to make ends meet will lose out – and these figures indicate just how serious that could be.”
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