The government’s assault on millions of working families next week

A huge assault on millions of working families will be launched by the government next week.

David Cameron and George Osborne are pushing through plans to slash tax credits and other benefits over the next three years. On top of that thousands of families on middle incomes will also lose every penny of child benefit from Monday.

Yet at the same time the Tories and Lib Dems are handing out a £3 billion tax cut to the highest earners – worth an average of £107,000 to 8,000 millionaires.

Ministers claim they are targeting scroungers, but the truth is two-thirds of people being hit are in work. £9 billion will be taken from 8 million working families – an average of £1,152 for those working households affected. And as research from the Children’s Society this weekend shows, half a million soldiers, nurses and teachers will be hit.

They are being made to pay the price for this government’s economic failure. Because as our economy flatlines and long-term unemployment rises, the benefits bill and deficit are going up.

The best way to get the benefits bill down is to get people back to work. That’s why this week Labour called for a compulsory jobs guarantee.

Every adult out of work for two years or more will be given a job – which they will have to take up or lose their benefits. And it would be funded by ensuring people on over £150,000 only get the same tax relief on their pension contributions as the average taxpayer.

This is welfare reform that is tough, fair and that works, not an unfair attack on striving families from an out of touch and failing government.

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Posted January 5th, 2013 by Ed