The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has calculated that 12,300 families in Swansea, 7600 families in Neath Port Talbot, and 8200 families in Bridgend and Ogmore will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits.
Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low-income working families currently in receipt of tax credits will see their entitlement reduced UK-wide as part of the Government’s proposals.
The change will mean a total loss of £31.2m to families in the three council areas in South Wales West with the average family losing £750 a year.
Despite claims from the Conservatives that those affected will benefit from plans to increase the minimum wage, the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has said Tory figures don’t stack up.
The IFS analysis shows a £750 average loss will only be offset by £200 as a result of the new minimum wage.
Liberal Democrats have opposed the move and said it undermines the work of the Coalition Government, to make sure it always pays more to be in work than on benefits.
Mr. Black said:
“The changes to tax credits will hammer families in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. The move completely undermines any claim the Tories have of being on the side of working families.
“What makes this even worse is that 40,100 children in our area will be forced to live in poorer households, reducing their life chances and making it harder for their parents to make ends meet.
“Study after study have shown that the Conservative’s claim to be supporting low income families through a minimum wage increase nowhere near make up for these cuts. It’s time for them to come clean and be honest with those doing the right thing and going out to work.
“I am pleased that Liberal Democrats are opposing this measure. We worked hard in Coalition to ensure that work would always pay more than choosing to remain on benefits. It is a disgrace the Conservatives are now undermining this good work.”