Tax credits cuts ‘will leave key workers up to £12,000 poorer by 2020’
Research reveals impact of cuts on public sector staff, including teaching assistants, community and childcare workers
Teaching assistants, social workers and other key public sector workers could lose more than £1,500 a year as a result of controversial government cuts to working tax credits, according to calculations by the public sector workers union Unison. …
However, in a significant political upset, The House of Lords opposed the measure!
Peers vote to delay tax credit cuts and to protect those who lose out
George Osborne, the chancellor, has signalled that the government is going to partially back down over tax credits after peers inflicted a double defeat on the government, voting for amendments to delay implementation of the tax credit cuts until ministers have produced a scheme for “full transitional protection” for those who will lose out.
I don’t have any stats on how often The Lords have opposed a Tory government, but this is a major political development for Britain. David Cameron certainly seems to think so:
Government sets up constitutional review after Lords tax credits defeat
Lord Strathclyde will chair ‘rapid review’ of relationship between two houses of parliament ordered by David Cameron
A review of how MPs can be given the “decisive role” over key financial decisions has been set up following the government’s Lords defeat over plans to cut tax credits.
A No 10 spokesman said: “The government is setting up a review to examine how to protect the ability of elected governments to secure their business in parliament.
“The review would consider in particular how to secure the decisive role of the elected House of Commons in relation to (i) its primacy on financial matters and (ii) secondary legislation. …
Cameron obviously finds the constitutional checks and balances of a second house just a bit too inconvenient when they actually choose to exercise their power. So he’s going to gut their ability to do so. Cameron obviously prefers his Lords to be ornamental.