The following article was written by Senior Reporter Sukran Sahin, and was published by the Barking and Dagenham Post on Wednesday 28th March. The original piece can be found here: www.bdpost.co.uk/home/e-edition

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has made a scathing attack on new rules in the Budget that will slash £2.6billion from parents’ incomes by making it harder to qualify for working tax credits.

Local MP Jon Cruddas slams working tax credit cut

The changes mean that couples with children earning less than around £41,300 will need to increase the number of hours they work from a minimum of 16 to 24 hours per week or they will lose all their working tax credit of £3,870 per year.

Around one third of Barking and Dagenham children already live in poverty.

According to the Labour MP, more than 400 households will be affected by the changes and around 885 children are in danger of losing out in Dagenham and Rainham alone.

A spokesman said for the Citizens Advice Bureau said: “It will force people who are desperately keen to keep a foothold in the workplace to leave, and make it harder to get back into work when the job situation improves.”

Mr Cruddas said: “This Tory-led coalition government is hurting the people who are trying their hardest to do the right thing. They have been forced to admit last week that some families with children could end being £728 per year better off out of work when the new rules come into place.

“This legislation will hurt ordinary families in Dagenham and Rainham, and could plunge nearly 900 children into poverty. That is inexcusable and unacceptable.”