Labour MP Bill Esterson slams Tory-Lib Dem plans to axe child be

Bill Esterson


Labour MP Bill Esterson has slammed Tory-Lib Dem Government plans to axe child benefit for 1,240 families right here in Sefton Central.

Sefton Central has the highest number of families who are set to lose out when the Tory-Lib Dem plans are pushed through on January 7.

Many families have been warned that changes to the child benefit system will slash up to £2,450 a year from a couple with three children.

Bill Esterson said hardworking families in Sefton were again being hit by the Tories and Lib Dems.

Bill said: "This is yet another Tory-Lib Dem attack on hardworking families right here in Sefton Central.

"My constituency has a larger proportion of public sector workers than the national average. Many of whom have been made redundant, while many others have had pay freezes.

"Sefton has been hit harder than most by Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts. Whereas Dorset has had cuts of just £1.20 per person, the latest figures indicate that cuts in Sefton have totalled in excess of £350 per person.

"This government is hitting my constituents disproportionately hard with its disastrous economic policies. They are punishing hardworking people for the failure of the bankers, while rewarding millionaires with generous tax cuts.

"The changes which come in on January 7 will see £2,450-a-year taken from 1,240 families here in Sefton Central. In April more changes will come in which will see benefits taken from those who need them most, the majority of whom are working people.

"This Tory-Lib Dem government is failing to deal with the deficit. Government borrowing has actually increased. And people in my constituency are feeling the pain the most as a result of their incompetence.

"It is no coincidence that it is Sefton Central hardest hit by this government. This is an ideological attack."


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