Tax credits next steps must consider families with disabled children

Source: Contact a Family, 27 October 2015

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Yesterday peers in the House of Lords voted to postpone the government’s plans to cut tax credits.

We’re asking people to sign our petition to make sure families with disabled children are properly considered in the next steps of the debate.

House of Lords postpones tax credits cuts

Peers in the House of Lords voted in favour of Labour minister Lady Hollis’ motion to postpone cuts to tax credits until the government finds a way to compensate low-paid workers for three years.

Peers also voted in favour of a motion by Lady Meacher that will put the cuts on hold until an independent analysis of their impact has taken place.

The Chancellor is expected to announce details of “transitional help” for those affected in his Autumn Statement in November.

Help keep families with disabled children central in the debate

Contact a Family is concerned about the impact of tax credit cuts on families with disabled children. We estimate that around 150,000 working families with disabled children could be affected by the current plans.

At one point in the debate, one peer spoke about a family we’re in touch with who have two disabled children. They stand to lose £3,120 a year after the cuts.

Help us ensure families with disabled children are properly considered. Sign our petition - which we’ll send to the Chancellor this December - and keep families central in the debate.

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