In Jeremy Corbyn’s second appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions, he continued his policy of highlighting issues brought to his attention by ordinary members of the public by e-mail. He raised the case of Kelly, who wrote:
‘I’m a single mum to a disabled child. I work 40.5 hours each week in a job that I trained for. I get £7.20 per hour, so in April the Prime Minister is not putting my wage up but will be taking tax credits off me.’
The Prime Minister’s generalised response trying to reassure with his national ‘living wage’ will fall on deaf ears in Grimsby. Firstly it is not compulsory for employers to pay it, and secondly it is completely inadequate when weighed against cuts in tax credits.
67% of families in Grimsby receive working tax credits and/or child tax credits; put another way, 9,200 children in Grimsby are in working families which receive tax credits. The Tories pose as the new saviours of the working classes, but even many of their own members (Boris Johnson for instance) are very uncomfortable about this threat to workers. Kelly will be at least £1000 worse off; some estimates make it £1700.
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