Ayrshire families hit by budget cuts

The SNP are this week claiming that new figures released show the ‘shameful’ impact of Conservative cuts to tax credits.

The SNP say the figures show that almost 26,000 children across Ayrshire are set to be worse off as a result of changes announced in George Osborne’s budget.

The figures, from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), show that 15,000 families in Ayrshire, with a total of 25,800 children, will be hit by the changes to tax credits.

These figures come in the aftermath of an IFS report showing that the vast majority of children in poverty in the UK live in working households.

SNP MP Corri Wilson said: “For anyone who hasn’t grasped the scale of George Osborne’s cuts yet, these figures should help them understand just how many families in Ayrshire are being hit – and how many children are affected.

“These cuts are a shameful attack on working families, which impact on almost 5,000 children in the Ayr constituency, and almost five and a half thousand across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley.

“Working families and vulnerable people in Ayrshire can’t afford for decisions over the economy and social security to continue to be made by the likes of George Osborne.

“He maintains that most workers will be better off under his budget changes, while the Institute for Fiscal Studies state that the increase in the minimum wage will not make up for tax credit losses.”

Carrick MSP Adam Ingram said: “The Tory government should be utterly ashamed that the number of children from working families living in poverty has grown under their watch – but as these cuts to tax credits show, they are intent on intensifying their punitive cuts agenda as their slavish devotion to right-wing ideology trumps any commitment to supporting those in need.”

Mr Osborne told Parliament during his budget speech: “This will be a budget for working people.

“A budget that sets out a plan for Britain for the next five years to keep moving us from a low wage, high tax, high welfare economy; to the higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country we intend to create.”