Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling for MP Richard Fuller to oppose cuts for working tax credits cuts.
The petition is calling on him to join other Conservative MPs who are against George Osborne’s plans to cut support for millions of working families across the UK.
Jade, who lives in Bedford, would be affected by the cuts. She said:“Tax credits are very important to me. I am a single parent and after all my bills and rent are paid, I don’t have much of a wage left over. My tax credits tide me over until the next pay day.
“My tax credits have already dropped as my daughter has finished nursery and is starting school. I knew that my tax credits would drop but I didn’t think it would be as drastic. I feel like I am being penalised for actually trying to make a living.”
Government figures show that 30per cent of children in Bedford already live in poverty. Campaigners say this is likely to get much worse as a result of cuts to tax credits.
Other experts have pointed out that George Osborne’s plans to cut help for working people and families don’t add up - because a higher minimum wage still wouldn’t cover the difference.
Rebecca Falcon, Campaigns Manager at 38 Degrees, said: “People in Bedford are waiting for their MP to stand up for local working families. How would Richard Fuller be able to look a constituent in the eye after these cuts?
“Osborne’s plans will simply punish people on low wages who work hard, but still don’t have enough to make ends meet. It will push many families to breaking point.
“But Richard Fuller has an opportunity to help stop this. That’s why hundreds of people are asking him to join the rising tide of opposition to Osborne’s plans.”
The petition to stop tax credit cuts can be found here: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/stop-tax-credit-cuts