Readers’ letters - October 20

Cutting tax credits will punish families who will struggle to afford necessities say readers. See letters
Cutting tax credits will punish families who will struggle to afford necessities say readers. See letters
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Families will be punished

Before the 2015 election, David Cameron stated that there would be no lowering of tax credits yet, once again, his promises have been broken as George Osborne is forging ahead with his agenda to cut tax credits.

The cuts to tax credits will punish families who work hard but depend on them to top up their low wages.

It has been identified that 3,900 families in one Lancashire borough alone will be adversely effected by the proposed cuts.

I dread to think what the total number of families being penalised throughout the North West will be.

Unless we stop these cuts, millions of families across the country will struggle to afford necessities like food, winter clothes and school essentials for the kids.

This government’s austerity measures are doing nothing to reduce the deficit, and even less to reduce the country’s debt, reported to be the seventh highest in the developed world.

In fact it is also widely reported that their austerity programme is having a negative effect on the prospects of clearing the deficit and reducing debt.

Why are the Tories targeting the most vulnerable in society whilst giving huge tax breaks to their rich friends and large corporations?

I urge you to run a press campaign to highlight the damage that this is causing to the economy as a whole and to put pressure upon MPs of all parties to oppose the propose cuts.

Bob Dennett via email

Unfair to cut tax credits

Please do something about the proposed cut to tax credits.

I only had a decent upbringing with healthy food on my table because tax credits were available to my family.

I dread to think what life could have been like otherwise.

Please give this message coverage. It is not fair that the most vulnerable in society have to pay for a system that is inherently broken.

Matthew Snellgrove, address supplied

Money given
for businesses

It is unacceptable that working people cannot earn enough to make ends meet without tax credits, particularly when the government seems happy to use taxpayers’ money to give business financial incentives.

Are these incentives used to ensure employees are paid a decent wage or simply to improve profits for shareholders?

Lindsay May via email

Special places no longer safe

The government is about to do a U-turn on its promise of last January – that our special places would be protected from fracking.

One thing Lancashire, Yorkshire, Surrey and Sussex (among others) have in common is ongoing battles with oil and gas companies. MPs will vote soon to tie up the last loose ends of January’s Infrastructure Act.

It seems that, despite the risks of the process, the government is keen to allow fracking beside and under National Parks, and within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sites of special scientific interest and groundwater protection zones.

This will be discussed in a Westminster committee, and not further debated on the floor of the Commons unless enough MPs shout ‘No’ at the appropriate moment. (Archaic or what?)

With or without debate, all MPs will then have a chance to vote. I would urge any readers concerned by this to contact their MP, and encourage him or her to engage with this process, to shout, and then vote no!

Helen Savage, Balcombe