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Icequeen99 wrote: »
Your article says:Couples earning less than £18,000 a year face increasing their working hours from a minimum of 16 hours a week to 24, or lose their working tax credit of over £70 a week
Firstly, it isn't restricted to people earning less than 18,000. Secondly, it applies only to couples WITH CHILDREN. Not all couples as your article, and the original GMB report suggests.
Around 20% of GMB members working in retail report that they may be better off on the dole after the tax credits changes in the last budget."
zagfles wrote: »
Yes, more utter bull on this subject. Unions playing politics again.
For a start this won't affect anyone earning over £16,000. Yet the £18,000 figure is trotted out again. Maybe the unions ought to actually try understanding tax credits before coming out with rubbish like this.
Secondly there is no way 20% will be better off on the dole. Note the weasly words "Report they may be better off on the dole":rotfl:Not that anyone has actually done a calculation or anything just some people think they "may" be better off on the dole!
In reality there is no way 20% would be better off on the dole. The vast majority will lose nowhere near the "over £70 per week" figure mentioned at the start. And those that do will in the vast majority of cases get some or most of it back through increases in other benefits. As we've discussed here many times.
Icequeen99 wrote: »
And there is no mention of the other benefits that can be claimed when WTC is lost. IBJSA, increases in HB and CTB will make up for a fair bit of the loss in the majority of cases.
If MSE are going to report on things, it would be helpful to ensure the info is accurate before repeating it as it adds to the misunderstanding people have about the system.
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