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Response to Autumn Statement

Published: 25 Nov 2015

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“I am relieved that the Chancellor has listened to the concerns of working families and abandoned plans to cut tax credits.  We know, from calls to our advice line, these benefits significantly help low income working families make ends meet.  Many families in receipt of these benefits will be able to sleep easier tonight. 


“It is clear, however, that working families on low incomes already on, or moving over to, Universal Credit, will be hit hard by his £12bn welfare cut in the longer term.  So I’m afraid there will be many sleepless nights for Britain’s lowest paid families – our hospital porters, school secretaries and restaurant managers – in the months and years to come.  


“It’s vital that Government ensures the benefits system, along with the welcome increase to the National Minimum Wage, makes work pay for low income families – to truly tackle the problem of in-work poverty we face in Britain today.”

Sarah Jackson, Working Families CEO