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UK Budget to “hit Scotland’s poorest children” – FM, 07/07/15 [E/NI/S/W]

Expected cuts to the value of tax credits by the UK Government in tomorrow’s budget will impact most on the poorest children in Scotland.

Figures due to be published tomorrow (Wednesday) by Scottish Government analysts show that, if the Chancellor cuts child tax credits back to 2003 levels in real terms as has been reported, the poorest 20 per cent of Scottish families with children will lose on average nearly 8 per cent of their income – a total impact of £425 million lost across the country – with 60% of Scottish children affected by the changes.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the research as “a frightening indication” of the impact of the expected cuts and warned that the UK Government’s approach will “hit Scotland’s poorest children and families hard”.

For full details see the Scottish Government news release.

Further Information

UK Budget to “hit Scotland’s poorest children” – FM