Osborne should scrap tax credit cuts - McCartney

Sinn Fein MLA for Foyle, Raymond McCartney (left) and British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
Sinn Fein MLA for Foyle, Raymond McCartney (left) and British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
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The British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, should scraps plans to cut tax credits, according to Sinn Fein MLA for Foyle, Raymond McCartney.

Mr. McCartney told the ‘Journal’ it was time for Mr. Osborne to end his party’s ideological assault on low-paid workers and said he should take stock in light of Monday night’s vote in the British House of Lords.

Controversially, peers voted by 289 votes to 272 to delay the tax credit cuts and to compensate those affected.

“These votes are an indication of the growing opposition to the austerity agenda of George Osborne and the British government.

“The British Tory government has no mandate in the North yet its proposals to cut tax credits would have pushed thousands of local families into poverty,” said Mr. McCartney.

It was now time for community groups and political parties to speak with a unified voice against Conservative party policy in the North, added Mr. McCartney.

“George Osborne and his millionaire colleagues in the Tory cabinet should now listen to the increasing numbers of people calling for change and an end to failed austerity policies.

“There is also a need for wider civic society in the North to come together and present a broad based opposition to Tory plans to drive people deeper into poverty.”