Five supporters of 38 degrees including three Maldon CLP members met with John Whittingdale MP on Saturday to present him with a petition about the threatened cuts to tax credits. Two hundred and sixty four people from across the constituency signed the petition adding their voices to 152,000 from across the country.
More than 3 million families are set to lose an average of £1,300 annum if these cuts go ahead despite plans to raise the minimum wage. Research carried out by the Resolution Foundation found that the minimum wage would have to rise to £12 an hour to offset the proposed loss of tax credits. The current proposal for a so called living wage stands at £7.85 an hour. In Maldon District we already have 2400 children living in poverty and food banks serving local communities across the District.
If the Chancellor, George Osborne continues with his plans not only will it affect ordinary working families desperate to pay their bills and keep food on the table but also the health of the local economy.