MOSCOW (Sputnik) — UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said on Monday that he would not change his plans to cut tax credits in the country in order to support working families.
In July, the ruling UK Conservative Party introduced a budget prescribing welfare budget cuts in the order of some 12 billion pounds ($18.28 billion). These cuts include reductions to "tax credits," money that households with children or with low incomes receive from the government.
According to research conducted by the UNISON public service union on October 3, more than 2.7 million working families with some 5.2 million children across the United Kingdom are expected to be affected by the government's budget cuts. The study's findings suggest that low-middle income households with children could lose up to 3,000 pounds a year once the cuts are implemented.
Earlier, the British Trade Union Congress (TUC) said the new state budget social-benefit cuts would cause serious damage to families with children.