West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Tory Budget an attack on low paid workers, children & young people

Published: 10 July, 2015

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has said the latest Tory budget will drive more children and young people into poverty.

Ms. McDermott said,

"This latest budget from the British Tory's is the latest attack from a cabinet of millionaires on low paid workers, children and young people.

"More than 100,000 children in the North will be worse off because of cuts to child tax credits. After 2017 families with more than two children will not be entitled to child tax credits for additional children, condemning future generations into poverty.

"The North of Ireland has a younger population than Britain so these cuts to working family tax credits and child tax credits will have a disproportionate impact here. It will also have a depressive impact on the wider economy as working-class families will have less money to spend in local shops and businesses.

"From 2017 the Torys have also removed the automatic entitlement to housing benefit for new claims in Universal Credit from 18-21 year olds who are out of work.

"Levels of child poverty are already at unacceptable levels in the North and across West Tyrone. This budget will only increase those levels. 18-21-year-olds will not be entitled to claim housing benefit automatically, with a new "earn to learn" obligation18-21-year-olds will not be entitled to claim housing benefit automatically, with a new "earn to learn" obligation 18-21-year-olds will not be entitled to claim housing benefit automatically, with a new "earn to learn" obligation