Tax Credits Breakthrough

It was a close run thing. But tonight, despite all George Osborne’s bullying tactics, the House of Lords voted to force delays to the government’s tax credit cuts. And in response a “slightly shaky-looking” Osborne accepted he had to go back to the drawing board. 

This doesn’t mean we’ve won – yet. There’s a lot more to do. But it does mean we are starting to win. George Osborne’s attacks on low-paid, working families are now on the rocks. These delays give us more time to build the pressure and get the cuts to tax credits dropped altogether.

38 Degrees members have done so much to get to this stage:

  • Donations from 38 Degrees members have paid for thousands and thousands of leaflets against the tax credit cuts, delivered to voters in the constituencies of wavering Conservative MPs.

We’re stopping George Osborne getting his own way. Tonight’s breakthrough shows that when hundreds of thousands of us come together, we can be a match for even the most powerful and determined of politicians.

Here’s how our campaign’s been seen by other influential people:

Daily Telegraph political editor:

“Most of the questions George Osborne was facing this evening were from new MPs worried about a big 38 Degrees campaign on tax credits.” 

Baroness Meacher, who forced one of the key votes in the House of Lords last night:

“The petition with 270,000 signatures was very important in the debate. Peers are of course unelected. You enabled us to say we are representing the British people who are shocked and fearful about the cuts ahead. Thank you so much” 

And here’s how some 38 Degrees members reacted last night:

“I’m just so relieved, as a single parent family this means so much. Thank you to everyone for not just giving up.” Jayne

“A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this first step a success by delaying the proposed Tax Credits cuts!! Let’s keep the pressure on so they continue to do the right thing! Well done everyone!” Maureen

“Phenomenal news. A thousand congratulations to everyone who has fought for this..it proves that we can achieve things with our rage!” David

There’s so much more to do together, to truly secure a more equal Britain where everyone gets a fair chance. Last night’s breakthrough can give us all the hope and confidence to believe that when we get involved, we can make a difference.

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