Welfare cuts hitting the working poor

18 05 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has said he is concerned by the number of local working families who have been reporting receiving notification of overpayments of Tax Credit with many being asked to repay money from last year.

Cllr Cunningham said: “A number of local families have received notifications saying that their Family Tax Credit is either being cut altogether, or have been informed that they have been overpaid and are now being asked to repay this money.

“This is deeply distressing – these people are the working poor – many of them working as hard as they can just to make ends meet; none of them are in any position to repay money received in good faith.

“These letters mark the start of the ruthless welfare reform cuts brought in by the British Government and being implemented by the Assembly.”