Archive for February 2012
17 February 2012
Gavin Kelly, The Guardian
Following on from this week's bleak news on jobs – with unemployment up and confirmation that those new jobs on offer are all part time and insecure – another wave of stealth cuts is about to crash over Britain's working poor. After their tax credits were singled out for harsh treatment last spring then frozen in the autumn, a further £1bn will hit low- to middle-income families – many living on as little as £25k – in just six weeks' time.
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