People will “stuggle to survive” - Durkan

Foyle MP Mark Durkan.
Foyle MP Mark Durkan.

Young low income families will “struggle to survive” due to the cuts in the tax credit system, according to SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan.

Mr. Durkan’s party colleague, Councillor Anne Donnelly has also expressed her concerns about the effect the cuts will have on ‘low-paid workers’ in Derry.

In a statement to the Journal, Mr Durkan said: “Despite the British government’s trumpeted rise in personal tax allowances, low-income families with children in Derry and throughout the North will be left in significant financial hardship as the top-up to their wages from tax credits disappear.

“People are losing their tax credits without getting the additional assurances that are coming with the universal credit. People will rightly feel confused and aggrieved about what is going in the opposite direction of government hype.”

“This is hitting hard-working families at a time when work is hard to get.”

SDLP Derry City Councillor Anne Donnelly added: “I am deeply concerned about the impact this will have on low-paid workers in Derry.

Working hours

“Additional working hours may not be available for many low-income families, not to mention the fact that those with caring responsibilities could also be limited in the hours that they have available to work.”