8 July 2015: Osborne’s summer budget is a ‘reverse Robin Hood budget’ and will cause real hardship for thousands of people

The national charity Church Action on Poverty says that further cuts to tax credits and other benefits, announced in George Osborne’s budget today, will cause real hardship for thousands of people.

Niall Cooper, director of Church Action on Poverty, says: “These are the very people who have already shouldered the burden of austerity over the last five years, in the form of insecure work, stagnant pay, slashed benefits, and huge rises in the cost of everyday essentials – they can ill afford to see their incomes cut still further. George Osborne may claim to be “fixing the roof while the sun shines”, but there are a lot of people who haven’t seen any of that sunshine yet”!

The charity has welcomed the increase in the National Minimum Wage, but says George Osborne’s claim that he has introduced a Living Wage is untrue. A real Living Wage would be at least £7.85 an hour (£9.15 in London).

Responding to the statement by the Chancellor that he wants to “put hard-working people first”, Niall Cooper says: “he is giving money with one hand and taking it away with the other. Families will be left still struggling to bring up children on poverty wages.

"Even worse, the Chancellor is simultaneously cutting inheritance tax and corporation tax. This is a reverse Robin Hood budget, taking money from the poor and giving it to the rich”.

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