Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

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Smoke and mirrors spending review still leaves people worse off

At last week’s spending review, the Government was forced to bow to Labour pressure to scrap immediate and unfair cuts to tax credits.

However, the Government’s welfare reforms still mean that over £3 billion will be cut from the welfare budget by the end of the decade, as tax credits are replaced by Universal Credit. This means a single parent of two children working full time on the minimum wage on Universal Credit will lose £2,400 next year.

As Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Michael also led Labour’s response to the spending review in terms of the impact on the arts, culture and sport, which you can see here and here.

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