Last week Roberta Blackman- Woods, MP for the City of Durham appeared on The Week in Parliament, along with Conservative MP Eric Pickles, to discuss the Government’s summer budget, local government and devolution.
Despite having promised not the cut tax credit before the general election, the Government’s reform to child tax credit will hit the poorest section of society hardest and with a disproportionately negative affect on single working mums. Roberta observed that, despite an increase in minimum wage, misleadingly called a “National Living Wage” by George Osbourne, the amount lost in tax credits would be greater than the increase in wages for many working families.
On the issue of local government, Roberta said that it was impossible to both champion more powers and decision making capability for local governments whilst tying their hands by cutting their resources on a massive scale.
You can watch the full discussion at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0622ll8/the-week-in-parliament-10072015