Families receiving WFTC cash boost

Gavin Strang MP backs long-term strategy to tackle child poverty.

Gavin Strang, Labour MP for Edinburgh East & Musselburgh, has released new figures showing that 1100 families in Edinburgh East & Musselburgh are already receiving the Working Families Tax Credit – worth an average of £24 per week and increased in Budget 2000.

Gavin Strang said that tackling child poverty – to give every child the best start in life – would continue to be a key priority in Edinburgh East & Musselburgh.

Gavin Strang MP said:

‘1100 hard-working families in Edinburgh East & Musselburgh are already receiving the Working Families Tax Credit which will rise this year and next year – ensuring a minimum income of £214 a week from next year.

‘I am convinced that there are many more who are eligible and urge working parents who think they may be due a little extra help to call the free WFTC Hotline on 0800 597 5976.

‘With the record rise in child benefit introduced this year – to £15 a week for the first child – these are crucial parts of the government’s long term strategy to tackle child poverty – which will help parents in Edinburgh East & Musselburgh to give their children the best start in life. Already this strategy has helped lift nearly 1 million children out of poverty.

‘The Tories and the Liberals opposed the working families tax credit. They also opposed the record increases in child benefit.

‘Successive Tory governments hurt hard-working families in the past and would do it again by abolishing the working families tax credit and opposing Labour increases in child benefit.

‘I’ll continue to meet with families and parents throughout Edinburgh East & Musselburgh to discuss our long-term plans and what more Labour will be doing to tackle child poverty.’