MP Allen warns of benefits’ ‘tsunami’

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HOUSEHOLDS in the Dispatch district are to be hit by a ‘tsunami’ of disastrous cuts from the government, Bulwell’s Labour MP, Graham Allen, has warned.

Next month, widesepread changes to the benefit system will come into effect as part of plans to reduce public spending.

Eligibility criteria for working tax credits, family tax credits, housing benefits and other payments will be altered.

Mr Allen says that 405 households in Bulwell and the rest of his Nottingham North constituency could lose £80 a week.

What’s more, he says that although a “government-made financial disaster is on the horizon”, many families were unaware of the impending impact.

Mr Allen said: “These people are not scroungers that the government like to use as a smokescreen. Every single one of them is working hard to keep their families afloat.

“They are ordinary people in my patch trying to hold down a low-paid job who will be squeezed out of work to benefit no-one.”

He added: “These changes are impacting on working families disproportionately.

“In the toughcurrent economic climate, many people will struggle to increase their hours of work.

“At a time when families need the help put in place by the last Labour government to make work pay, they are struggling, and support is being taken away from them.”