Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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Challenging the government about the impact of universal credit on lone-parent families in work in Merseyside

As you probably know the Chancellor George Osborne made a U-turn on his unfair proposals to cut child tax credits during the recent Spending Review.

I had been meeting with my constituents who were set to be affected by these cuts and they expressed their concern to me.

Following calls from Labour and a vote in the House of Lords to defeat the cuts George Osborne finally gave in to mounted pressure and announced that these cuts would not go ahead.

This has offered temporary relief for families on Merseyside but I still remain concerned about people who are claiming universal credit and what they might stand to lose as universal credit is set to replace tax credits next April.

This is why I challenged Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith last week as I attempted to seek guarantees from him regarding the impact of Universal Credit on Merseyside families.

I asked him if he can give assurances that not one of the 30,000 lone-parent families in work in Merseyside would be a penny worse off come April.

You can read my question in full and the Secretary of State’s answer here on my website or you can contact my office if you would like a copy.

Last week I also challenged George Osborne during Prime Ministers Questions about refugees and the migration target.

I had previously asked the Prime Minister why refugees were counted in the migration target and I was told this was for reasons relating to the Office of National Statistics. In receipt of this information I wrote to the Office of National Statistics for clarity and they in fact told me that it would be possible to remove refugees from this target.

I will continue to hold the government to account about refugees. I know this is an issue that many of my constituents care very much about given the refugee crisis we have witnessed in recent months. 

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