Derek Mackay MSP is today highlighting research showing the dangers proposed Tory cuts to tax credits pose to families in Renfrewshire.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland has calculated that 10,500 families, half of all families in Renfrewshire with dependent children, currently use tax credits, helping them to buy food, clothes and other essentials.

The figures cause concern ahead of George Osborne’s Emergency Budget on Wednesday (8th July), as it is expected to include measures to reduce tax credits – a key measure for supporting working families.

Commenting the Renfrewshire North & West MSP said:

“The evidence against George Osborne’s expected cuts to support for working families is stacking up. These figures estimate that half of Renfrewshire’s families stand to lose out on vital income that helps them pay the bills and put food on their tables.

“More than 17,000 children in Renfrewshire benefit from tax credits, and with the majority of expenditure on tax credits going to low-income working families, it is clear to see that any cuts to tax credits will impact our poorest children first.

“It’s not too late for the Tory Government to call a halt to these cuts to tax credits. Supporting people into work with tax credits is such a vital element of tackling unemployment and must be protected.”

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