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Yvonne Fovargue MP won’t support ‘Strivers’ Tax’ while millionaires pocket £3 billion tax cut”
Thursday 3rd January, 2013

George Osborne has claimed to be cracking down on the benefits culture that rewards skivers and shirkers but Yvonne Fovargue MP has revealed that its actually hard-working families in Wigan who are amongst those being hit hardest.

Despite the Chancellor’s bold claim, the truth is that 60% of the people affected by the government’s changes to tax credits and benefits are actually working people.

And statistics show that one-earner working families could lose out by as much as £534 per year.

Yvonne Fovargue MP said:

“The people that are losing out here aren’t skivers; they’re strivers. It’s hard-working people, trying to do the right thing, who are paying the price for the Tories’ economic failures.

“I think working families in Wigan who are feeling the pinch will be angry to see their tax credits and benefits cut by up to £534 a year.

“When the Welfare Uprating Bill is published, I will look at it carefully but if the government intends to go ahead with an unfair hit on middle and lower income working families whilst giving millionaires a £3 billion top rate tax cut I will oppose it.

“Striving working families shouldn’t have to pay the price for his economic failure. However they try to spin it they can’t hide the truth - they're cutting taxes for millionaires whilst millions are struggling to make ends meet.

“We need a proper plan for jobs and a plan to get welfare spending down that’s fair to working people in Wigan.”

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