October 21: Tax credits are huge error of judgement by the Tories

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From: Chris Carberry, Waddingham, Gainsborough.

AS a single mother of four children, three living at home, I have tried for the last four years to contribute both to my family and work. Up until the forthcoming proposed cuts, I really didn’t mind commuting 103 miles, three times a week (one car, two trains) each way as I felt I was contributing and as I do a consistently good job as a lecturer, I believed that eventually a full-time position would be within my reach.

Neither did I mind paying out £72 in train fares (often late), £12.50 in car parking fees and of course £25 in petrol per week. In total for a year my transport costs equated to £2,628.

Then, there was the “summer save” saving up to ensure that my family and I could survive during the months that I didn’t get paid (Oh! The efficiency of zero hours).

This year, that changed. I could no longer meet the demands of the “summer save”, therefore it became a “summer of debt”.

So, I have done everything that Mr Osborne asked me to do, worked 14 hour days, paid the highest train fares in Europe for the most inefficient service and now my family and I are to get our reward.

Savage cuts to our income, why? Because the Government tells us it needs to balance its books... for a wealthier, more prosperous nation, which I have no doubt it is, especially for those corporations and individuals that continuously benefit from relaxed tax legislation and “business friendly” practices.

My question remains the same. Why? Why Mr Osborne? Oh, sorry I forgot, I won’t feel the pain of my loss of a further £230 per month. I assure you I will.I can also assure you that I believe you have made a huge error of judgement, arrogance has got the better of you and your pals. Shame on you.

From: Frank Holt, Todmorden.

TORY-proposed tax credit cuts are morally wrong. They are also economically misguided, because they will not achieve the objectives that the Tories desire.

There is plenty of evidence now being presented that forcing down the incomes of working people will seriously damage our economy. In fact the loss of GDP since the Tories gained power has been estimated to be £27bn as a result of such policies. Even the IMF and the Institute of Directors are saying similar things so this must stop now. The losses will never be recovered and lives will be ruined.

From: Paul Perryman, Ulceby.

PLEASE can something be done to at ameliorate (or preferably prevent) the impact that these terrible cuts will have upon very many hard working families?

From: Colin Traves, Perth Garth, Kirbymoorside.

HOW can it be that George Osborne is planning to cut tax credits when we can afford a pay rise for MPs, funding for Trident and HS2 rail?

From: Simon Roach, Greenways Walk, Bridlington.

THE Tory intent to cut tax credits shows clearly a total disregard for hard working families. Their oft- repeated refrains of standing up for the hard working now stands in tatters. This issue, more than any other, will lead to unexpected and forceful civil protest and an end to George Osborne’s quest for leadership.

From: Jeannete Grainger, Prospect Hill, Whitby.

I WANT my local MP Robert Goodwill to stand up for the hard working, poorly paid people in his constituency. His party leader, David Cameron, told an outright and blatant lie before the election by saying that tax credits wouldn’t be cut.

I am sure that the Conservatives would not be in Government now if he had said what they were really planning.

From: Diane Wrightham, Hull.

TAX credits are essential for people in our city who are some of the poorest in the country. Taking this money off these hard working families is harsh and ill thought-out. The Tories could start to tackle the rich tax dodgers instead of robbing the poorest in our society.

From: Frank Burgin, Sheffield.

WHAT are families forced below the poverty line supposed to do until their wages eventually catch up to the Government’s promises? And why are these promises more likely to be kept that the ones made before the election not to cut these benefits?

From: Mabel Hunter, Hornsea.

PEOPLE need they tax credits to make ends meet. Without tax credits there is going to be a lot of hungry, cold and homeless people.

From: Susan Askey, Handel Street, Golcar, Huddersfield.

THE proposed tax credits cut will not make any difference to me personally. However I feel strongly that the cuts are wrong – at this stage. It appears to me to be putting the cart before the horse.

The Prime Minister seems convinced that better pay will make up for the loss of tax credits. Clearly he doesn’t live in the real world. Okay, cut tax credits when an individuals earnings go over an improved and agreed upper limit, but to cut them before an improvement in pay is cruel and short-sighted.

From: Antony May, Sheffield.

I AM outraged that families who have little money once again are being punished for what the rich greedy bankers have done to this country. The poor have hurt no one and are to be culled like cows. George Osborne and his buddies will feel nothing. It is a shame that the MPs aren’t made to suffer. In it together? Yes, of course, we are not.