Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has backed Scottish Labour’s conference announcement that working families in Dumfriesshire will be protected by Tory cuts to Tax Credits under a Scottish Labour Government.
The party announced that they would protect working families in Scotland from tax credit cuts using the new powers coming to the Scottish Parliament.
Party leader Kezia Dugdale announced the move in her keynote speech to Scottish Labour conference in Perth last week.
Elaine Murray MSP said the move could protect as many as 5,100 families in Dumfriesshire:
“Tax credits work. They make work pay for families in Dumfriesshire and across Scotland. They lifted hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty, and they allow families to aspire to more than just making it to the end of the month.
“That’s why the Labour Government introduced them in the first place and why Scottish Labour would use the powers coming to the Scottish Parliament to reverse the Tories plans to cut them.
“This is about different choices and different priorities. It’s about standing up for the 5,100 working families in Dumfriesshire who are struggling to afford the weekly shop. Our pledge means that not a single person will be paying more than they are now, and so no one will be worse off - but an awful lot of families will be better off as a result.”