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New figures show David Cameron’s cuts to tax credits could hit more than half of families in Wakefield.

New figures from Labour show that 7,300 (58 per cent) families with children in Wakefield could be hit by David Cameron’s tax credit cuts.

House of Commons figures also show that three quarters of families in Wakefield claiming tax credits are in work.

Wakefield constituency has one of the highest proportion of families claiming tax credits in the country, seven per cent above the national average.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh said:

“David Cameron and George Osborne still haven’t come clean about what cuts to tax credits they are proposing, but it is becoming increasingly clear that low-paid families in Wakefield are in the firing line.

“And as has so often been the case under the Tories, it’s families here in Wakefield who are going to feel it most – it’s hardly a surprise that Cameron and Osborne deliberately concealed their proposals from public view during the Election.

“Now they must come clean and spell them out so people in Wakefield and across the country can judge whether or not they think they are fair.”

Ends

Notes to editors:

Region Proportion of families with children receiving Tax Credits (%)
England 50
North East 56
North West 56
Yorks & The Humber 56
East Midlands 52
West Midlands 56
East 44
London 52
South East 40
South West 47
Wales 56
Scotland 48
United Kingdom1 51

 

A family with two children working full time at the National Minimum Wage would receive around £4,800 a year in tax credits, providing a vital boost to their living standards. But reports this week suggest that David Cameron is considering drastically cutting tax credits, with average losses to families of £1,400 a year.[1] To make up for that loss, someone working full time at the National Minimum Wage would have to work an additional six weeks.

The figures also show that 72 per cent of families claiming tax credits are in work and across the UK there are over three million working families claiming tax credits.

 

  Total tax credit recipients (thousands) Total in work families (with and without children) (thousands  ) Proportion of tax credit recipients in work
United Kingdom

4,567

3,277

72%

England

3,792

2,733

72%

North East

211

148

70%

North West

580

418

72%

Yorkshire and Humber

426

311

73%

East Midlands

338

252

75%

West Midlands

450

319

71%

East

365

267

73%

London

607

409

67%

South East

475

349

73%

South West

340

260

76%

Wales

239

167

70%

Scotland

350

250

71%

Northern Ireland

164

113

69%

Source: HMRC (April 2015) Child and Working Tax Credit Statistics, April 2015.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/423621/ChildandWorkingTaxCreditsStatistics-April_2015.pdf

 

Wakefield statistics

 

 

 

Tax Credit caseload, April 2015

Child Benefit statistics, Aug 2014

Family rate
(A as percentage of C) see note

 

 

NUMBER OF FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

 

NUMBER OF FAMILIES

 

 

Total families with children in receipt (out-of-work and in-work families) (a)

Total children in families in receipt (out-of-work and in-work families)(B)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total (C)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTRIES/REGIONS

 

 

 

 

 

K02000001

UNITED KINGDOM

4,008.5

7,637.0

7,937.4

51%

K03000001

GREAT BRITAIN

3,845.0

7,324.0

7,663.7

50%

K04000001

ENGLAND AND WALES

3,548.2

6,801.8

7,051.5

50%

E92000001

ENGLAND

3,342.2

6,416.8

6,681.0

50%

 

 

       

E12000001

NORTH EAST

178.6

327.9

318.4

56%

E12000002

NORTH WEST

498.1

945.2

896.3

56%

E12000003

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER

369.2

717.2

664.8

56%

E12000004

EAST MIDLANDS

293.7

560.3

568.2

52%

E12000005

WEST MIDLANDS

398.3

785.5

716.0

56%

E12000006

EAST

327.4

625.8

742.9

44%

E12000007

LONDON

554.2

1,080.7

1,071.3

52%

E12000008

SOUTH EAST

428.0

814.7

1,075.1

40%

E12000009

SOUTH WEST

294.7

559.4

628.1

47%

W92000004

WALES

206.0

384.9

370.5

56%

S92000003

SCOTLAND

296.8

522.3

612.2

48%

N92000002

NORTHERN IRELAND

142.5

273.2

243.8

58%

n/a

FOREIGN AND NOT KNOWN

21.0

39.7

29.9

70%

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSTITUENCIES

 

 

 

 

 

E14001009

Wakefield

7.3

13.5

12.5

58%

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