Hundreds sign up to say “No!” to tax credit cuts

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Changes to tax credits will leave working people in Chester up to £1,300 worse off.  Chris Matheson, MP for the City of Chester, was joined by campaigners on Saturday to collect signatures for a national petition against the government’s tax credit cuts.

Changes to tax credits will leave working people in Chester up to £1,300 worse off.  Chris Matheson, MP for the City of Chester, was joined by campaigners on Saturday to collect signatures for a national petition against the government’s tax credit cuts.

Chris said: “The government has gone too far this time, even compassionate Conservatives agree that they can’t continue to punish families.  I know we need to balance the books, but 3,300 families and almost half the children in Chester will be impacted by these changes.  This is unacceptable.

“Remember, tax credits are paid to people who are in work. We shouldn't encourage people to work hard and then punish them for doing so. Instead of hitting hardworking families the government should be tackling those employers who continue to pay under the odds."

Campaigners positioned two stalls in the city over the weekend, one in Town Hall Square and one at Blacon Parade.  Hundreds of people stopped to sign the petition calling on the government to reconsider its proposals.

Speaking from the Blacon stall, Chris said: “Public opinion is against the government on this one – I don’t usually advocate for the House of Lords, but I am glad they were there to block it last time. Make no mistake though, this will be back and we must continue to push back against it.”

Residents can sign an online version of Chris’s petition at chrismatheson.co.uk/stop_the_tax_credit_cut.

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