Changes to tax credits (2)

MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A recent Resolution Foundation report estimated that, when accounting for the tax and benefit measures within the Summer Budget, a further 200,000 children (predominantly from working households) would fall into poverty in 2016. What steps are you taking to challenge the introduction of these measures given the impact they will have on families and children living in London?


Answer for Changes to tax credits (2)

Answer for Changes to tax credits (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Whilst I fully agree that the current system needs to be reformed so that there is always an incentive to work, what I would like to see is both the tax and benefit system and the living wage ensuring that hardworking people on low incomes are protected. I shall continue to campaign for this.

But we are doing much more at City Hall to help people get work and earn more. For example:

       Through the ESF 2014-2020 programme we help Londoners enter employment and gain skills

       Promoting learning and Apprenticeships to help people learn whilst they earn

       Encouraging employers to pay the London Living Wage

       Providing help for part time workers through flexible travel fares

       Other travel discounts