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House of Lords to decide on child tax credit cuts


The House of Lords will today vote on motions that could delay the controversial tax credit cuts or even stop them all together.

In a move that has shaken the political world, since it came to light that the tax credit cuts might be delayed or stopped by the House of Lords, many ministers have claimed that peers in the House of Lords should not have the right to block financial measures approved by the House of Commons. The House of Lords have even been warned that rejecting such a large financial measure would provoke a “constitutional crisis” in a bid to persuade peers not to block the measures.

The Conservative majority government is more vulnerable to defeats in the House of Lords as it has no majority there.

Politicians opposed to the child tax credit cuts have claimed that they will leave millions of existing recipients - many of whom work but are on low incomes - some £1,300 a year worse off when they come into effect in April. Government ministers have claimed that other changes, such as the introduction of the Nation Living Wage and the extension of free childcare, will leave the majority of existing claimants better off.

Even Conservative MP’s have been getting uneasy over the proposed changes, and many have called for Chancellor George Osborne to change his approach. The result from the House of Lord will put the Chancellor in “listening mode”, it has been claimed.

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