June 26, 2015 by socialaction2014
TAX CREDITS, ALREADY PAYING RENT AND COUNCIL TAX, CANNOT BE CUT BY £1700 A YEAR WITHOUT DAMAGING PEOPLE’S HEALTH.
The proposed £12 billion cuts in welfare includes the £1,700 a year the Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates will be taken from the tax credits of 3.7 million families.
It is worse than that.
Cuts in council tax and housing benefits from April 2013 have left rent and council tax to be paid out of those about-to-be-cut tax credits.
The consequent rent and council tax arrears are ferociously enforced with extra costs and threats of eviction and prison.
The GPs surgeries, already dealing with malnutrition and debt related stress, are at risk of being overwhelmed.
But the DWP never considers the negative impact on health of cutting incomes to the bone and the Department of Health never calculates the cost to the taxpayer of poverty and debt related illness.
Rev Paul Nicolson