David Cameron urged to reverse tax-credits cuts by Crawley council leader

Cllr Peter Lamb, leader of Crawley Borough Council SUS-140108-120547001
Cllr Peter Lamb, leader of Crawley Borough Council SUS-140108-120547001

David Cameron has been urged to reverse cuts to child tax credits by Crawley’s council leader.

Labour’s Peter Lamb has written to the Prime Minister calling on him to stop measures announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s emergency Budget in early July.

A heated row broke out between Tory and Labour councillors when Crawley Borough Council passed a motion authorising Mr Lamb as leader to write to the Government opposing the changes to tax credits last month.

Conservative amendments to the original motion were ruled out of order in a move that their party’s members branded ‘ridiculous’ and ‘shambolic’.

But Labour councillors accused the Tories of being ‘very naughty’ and behaving in an ‘infantile’ way.

In his letter Mr Lamb said that although Crawley had low unemployment its workers were also on low incomes, meaning that the gap between average house prices and average wages was one the worst in the entire United Kingdom.

He added: “We are a town where working hard is often by itself not enough to cover all the bills and the changes outlined in the Chancellor’s Budget will hurt thousands of working families in the town.”

He argued that a week before the general election Mr Cameron pledged not to cut child tax credits and described how the Budget ‘tears at the already threadbare trust which the public has in its politicians’.

Mr Lamb continued: “We would ask that you honour your word, reverse these changes which will harm many of our residents and move forward in a way that helps to restore the public’s trust in your office and the British political system.”

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