Tory attack ‘will hit most vulnerable’

Date published: 09 July 2015

OLDHAM’S Labour MPs have hit out at yesterday’s Budget, describing it as “hitting the most vulnerable” and a “nasty Tory attack”.

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, argued the Budget should have included measures to strengthen the economy - but not at the expense of people on low incomes being made worse off.

While she welcomed the national living wage, she said it doesn’t balance the cuts made to child tax credits.

“The deficit needs to be paid down, but there are better ways of doing it than hitting people who are working hard, and the most vulnerable.

“While we shift from a fragile, low-pay economy, we need to protect those on low incomes while supporting employers to introduce the living wage in all sectors as early as possible.”

Fellow Failsworth Labour MP Angela Rayner criticised the Budget as a “nasty Tory attack on families in low paid jobs.”

The MP for Failsworth said: “It means thousands of my constituents with more than two children who rely on working tax credits will be worse off.”