West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has joined forces with Usdaw, the shop workers union, to call on the Coalition Government to stop squeezing family incomes by continuing to cut the help they get through tax credits and other benefits.

At a time when many hard working families are already concerned about how difficult it is to manage their finances, Usdaw arranged to take some of their members, who are being hit the hardest by the Government’s shake up of the welfare system, to Parliament to meet MPs.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“I was pleased to join members of Usdaw at their recent event at the House of Commons. Trade unions like Usdaw have an important job to do – speaking up for their members.

“More than one in every four children are already growing up in poverty and of those children 62%, has at least one person in their home who is employed.

“Families in West Lancashire and around the country are getting squeezed tighter and tighter -; it’s time for the Conservative-led Government to stop cutting and start listening to hard pressed families.”

“Unfortunately, the Budget announcement on childcare excludes families who need help the most. The decision to invest the majority of the new childcare money in better off families who can easily afford childcare simply does not make sense.”

John Hannett, General Secretary of Usdaw said:

“Since coming to power the Conservative-led Government’s austerity measures have already taken hundreds of pounds out of the pockets of hard working families.

“Our members tell us, that despite working hard, it is getting more and more difficult to pay the bills, put food on the table and clothe their children.

“We are concerned that things are only going to get worse – as the Government’s flawed bedroom tax comes into force and further changes to tax credits later this year, hit almost 3 million families who will lose on average – £137 each month.

“It is time for this Government to do a U turn -; stop cutting family incomes and start to support hard working families.”

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