13 November 2015

Local councillors urge residents to sign Lambeth Labour's tax credits petition

Vassall councillors have urged local resident's to sign Lambeth Labour's petition calling for the government to halt its plan to cut child tax credits, a move that could hit 15,000 families in Lambeth.

The figures from the government show that the following number of working families across Lambeth will receive cuts to tax credits, many of these with children:
  • Vauxhall: 5,100 
  • Streatham: 6,000 
  • Dulwich and West Norwood: 3, 800
​Speaking about the plans a few weeks ago, Lambeth Labour leader Cllr Lib Peck said:
These figures show that a huge number of people in Lambeth will be hit by this unfair and vindicitive Tory cut that will hurt working families at a time when many are already struggling financially. It cannot be morally right that 15,000 Lambeth families are going to have this vital support taken away, especially when these are residents who are already working, but need extra support to provide for their family.

It also comes at a time when the government is driving through deep cuts to public services, including local government, that is further hurting our community. We all accept that we need to be financially sensible as a country, but balancing the budget on the backs of working families already struggling to make ends meet is not the way to do it.
Ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn statement, Lambeth Labour has launched a new petition against the cuts which residents can sign here. Vassall councillor Paul Gadsby has also asked a question to this month's council asking for Lambeth Conservatives to confirm whether they support the cuts - see the response to that question on page 15 of the council papers here.