turn2us this winter

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne
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The Chancellor’s announcement that he will no longer cut tax credits is welcome news for the many thousands of families worried about how they would cope with such a dramatic cut in income.

It is clear that the stark analysis of these cuts from the public, media and charities such as ourselves, has made a difference.

It has shown that charities continue to play a crucial role as an independent voice, fighting to protect the most vulnerable people in society.

The impact of the proposed reduction to tax credits would have been dire to those on the lowest incomes.

We’ve already heard from a number of people who were desperately worried about how they would afford the basics such as heating and food.

The announcement will ease those concerns for many.

However, whilst the news is positive, there is still an urgent need to let those struggling know what support is available.

We recently found that over half of low income workers are struggling to afford their energy costs, with a third skipping meals as a result.

Yet only 12% have told their energy supplier about their situation and only 5% have turned to an advice organisation.

I would urge anyone worried about how they, or a friend or relative, are going to cope with the cost of heating their home this winter to visit turn2us.org.uk/NoColdHomes to see what help could be available.

Simon Hopkins

Chief Executive, Turn2us