Tax changes to cause more poverty for NE children

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford
Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford has brandished the UK Government’s plan to redefine child poverty as ‘astonishing’.

The claim came after a study by the charity Children’s Society found that 4000 children in 2400 households across the North East will ‘lose out’ as a result of cuts to tax credits available to families in work.

The Children’s Society also expressed their ‘serious concerns’ about the government’s intention to re-define what constitutes as a child in poverty.

The proposals include measures to remove any reference to income from the Child Poverty Act 2010, which legally obliges UK Governments to act against child poverty.

Dr Whiteford said: “These figures illustrate the scale of the damage this measure will do, not only to my own constituents, but across the whole of the UK.

“As if that wasn’t bad enough, the UK Government plans to cover up these consequences by re-defining what constitutes child poverty.

“It’s simply astonishing, but sadly not surprising.”

However, a spokesperson for the Treasury department said that the government is being considerate of how the changes may effect people.

The spokesperson said: “The Chancellor has made clear that the government will listen about how we make a transition to a higher wage, lower tax and lower welfare economy he wants to see, and will announce his proposals at the autumn statement.

“But the end goal is clear - this country cannot have an unlimited welfare budget that squeezes out other areas of public expenditure.”