Early day motion 2633

WORKING TAX CREDIT AND COUPLES WITH CHILDREN

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Total number of signatures: 52

Ainsworth, Bob Barron, Kevin Bayley, Hugh Begg, Anne
Blears, Hazel Blomfield, Paul Campbell, Gregory Campbell, Ronnie
Caton, Martin Clark, Katy Coffey, Ann Cooper, Rosie
Corbyn, Jeremy Crausby, David Cunningham, Jim Cunningham, Tony
Dobbin, Jim Doran, Frank Dowd, Jim Durkan, Mark
Flynn, Paul Francis, Hywel Gilmore, Sheila Glindon, Mary
Godsiff, Roger Goggins, Paul Hood, Jim Hopkins, Kelvin
Howarth, George Jackson, Glenda Lazarowicz, Mark Lloyd, Tony
Llwyd, Elfyn McDonnell, John McGovern, Alison McGovern, Jim
Meale, Alan Mearns, Ian Morden, Jessica Morrice, Graeme
Osborne, Sandra Ritchie, Margaret Robertson, John Robinson, Geoffrey
Shannon, Jim Skinner, Dennis Stringer, Graham Stuart, Gisela
Walley, Joan Weir, Mike Wood, Mike Woodward, Shaun

That this House believes that the principle of universal credit is correct, that families should be rewarded on a proportionate basis for the amount of work that they areable to do; congratulates and supports parents who are only able to find part-time work and are bringing up their children as best they can whilst on a low household income; therefore further believes that now is the wrong time to require couples with children to increase their working hours in order to continue to qualify for 3,870 in working tax credit as additional jobs or working hours are not available; is concerned that over 200,000 couples with 470,000 children will fall into absolute poverty if they are unable to find the additional hours of work required due to cuts in staffing levels and high unemployment; and therefore calls on the Government not to implement the proposed increase to the criteria for working hours for couples with children to qualify for working tax credit in April 2012.