Wednesday July 15 2015

THOUSANDS of families and children in Sheffield could be hit hardest as a result of the Government budget cuts, a city leader has warned.


Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families fears many children in the city will bear the brunt of the cuts that were announced by George Osborne last week.


The Government last week announced plans to cut the income threshold for claiming tax credits. It will be almost halved from £6,420 to £3,850 while other allowances will be scaled back.


In Sheffield this will affect thousands of families across the city.


Cllr Drayton said: “These cuts will unfairly hit working families who are on low income and it may well leave some in dire straits.


“People are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet as a result of years of austerity measures imposed by the Government and this could be the straw which breaks the camel’s back for some of our poorest families here in Sheffield. At a time when we are trying to encourage people off benefits and into work, this is just simply not acceptable.


“As a council we are calling on the Government to resist making welfare cuts that fall exclusively on the working poor and they must instead start tackling in-work poverty. This Government talks about making work a route out of poverty yet on the other hand makes cuts which will without doubt devastate millions of families trying to do exactly that. Ultimately it is the children in these families who suffer the most. This really could push more children into poverty and in this day and age this is simply not acceptable.”