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New Tory assault on welfare as Westminster votes on tax credit reduction - Maskey

15 September, 2015 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that cuts to tax credits voted through in Westminster tonight is the start of a fresh Tory assault on the living standards of low-paid workers.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“Tax credits are one of the benefits that the Executive does not control. The decision taken tonight by the Tory party to impose cuts to this benefit will hit thousands of local workers.

“The Tory party has no mandate in Ireland receiving just over 9,000 votes.

“This is another ideologically driven attack against the social protections of the welfare state.

“The result of these latest cuts to tax credits will be to force many more children into poverty.”

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