Doncaster protesters to stage demonstration over proposed tax credit cuts

Doncaster People's Assembly are set to protest outside the Mansion House.
Doncaster People's Assembly are set to protest outside the Mansion House.
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Protesters are set to take to the streets of Doncaster today in opposition to proposed tax credit cuts likely to affect some 20,000 families in the borough.

Protesters are set to take to the streets of Doncaster today in opposition to proposed tax credit cuts likely to affect some 20,000 families in the borough.

Dozens of members of the Doncaster People’s Assembly are due to gather outside the Mansion House from midday to protest against tax credit cuts which Chancellor George Osborne

is expected to introduce in tomorrow’s Autumn Statement.

Plans to introduce cuts to tax credits – a support paid to parents and some low-paid workers – through a money bill were thwarted last month by the House of Lords, which opposed the

legislation.

The protest comes as new figures released by Doncaster Council show how around 19,800 of the borough’s families, who are in receipt of the credit, would be affected should the

proposed cuts come into force.

According to a report due to go before the local authority, this equates to some 73 per cent of the town’s working families being as much as £1,300 a year worse off – something it says

would be ‘disastrous’.

Doncaster People’s Assembly Chairman, John Westmoreland, said that the group was holding the protest because central government cuts are ‘killing people’.

He said: “If we don’t protest and do something, the government can just pretend that everything smells of roses, which isn’t true.

“The fact is these cuts are hitting vulnerable people hardest.”

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones said of the proposed tax credit cuts: “The tax credit fiasco demonstrates the reality of this government’s policies.

“Instead of supporting hard-working people, the Chancellor has shown he intends to make thousands of them worse off, with many children suffering as a result.

“The House of Lords was right to force the government to think again, and I hope the Chancellor sees sense and reverses this unfair and counter-productive policy.”