46,000 Glasgow children affected by tax credit cuts

Analysis carried out by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre has revealed that 46,000 children in Glasgow will be affected by cuts to tax credits.

60% of families reliant on tax credits to top up their income face a decrease in income, following George Osborne’s emergency budget and the introduction of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, with Glasgow’s Pollok constituency the worst affected. 8,300 children in that area alone will be impacted by the cuts.  The Evening Times reports that Glasgow has 4 constituencies in the top 10 of the worst affected across Scotland, while across the city, only Glasgow’s Kelvin constituency has fewer than 5,000 children affected.

Around 350,000 children across Scotland are likely to be affected by the cuts at a time when many families are already struggling and in-work poverty is on the increase.  While the UK Government says that the introduction of the new living wage will mean that everyone is better off, campaigners have warned that wage increases will not make up for the losses family face as a result of benefit cuts.

GCVS has produced a briefing on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, setting out the main changes and their potential impact.

Source: Evening Times 

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