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Working Families Cheated By Tax Credits

by | 14th, June 2007

gordon-brown.jpg AS Gordon Brown prepares to take over as PM, one of his pet projects, the tax credits scheme, has come under even more fire, this time from former Labour minister Frank Field. (Pic: Poldraw )

The scheme has been plagued by poor organisation, frequent overpayments and widespread fraud, but now, Field, in association with the think-thank Reform, has launched a damning critique of a system he claims “brutally discriminates” against two-parent families.

The study states that a single mother working 16 hours a week, after tax credits, earns a total weekly income of £487, while a two-parent family on the minimum wage would have to work 116 hours to earn the same amount.

Not surprisingly, the Treasury has been quick to deny the claims. A spokesman says: “Levels of financial

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