Speaking ahead of a debate in Parliament on the Tories’ cuts to tax credits, Gordon has said the policy will have a detrimental impact on thousands of working families in the town.
Figures released before today’s vote, show that 4,600 working families will be hurt by the changes - leaving almost 8,000 children in the constituency penalised by the Government’s changes.
Gordon last week held a discussion event with trade unionists, faith leaders and key figures of the voluntary sector about the impacts of austerity in Blackpool.
This included looking at issues around low pay and reduced hours of work, which have left many in Blackpool to depend on tax credits. He said cutting tax credits would have negative consequences on the chances of many in Blackpool.
Talking before the debate he commented: “From talking to community leaders and residents, it is clear to me that they are angry at the brunt of cuts being forced on working people in Blackpool and the cuts to tax credits are part of this.
“They are not daft and see the unfairness of the Tories’ policies and combined with the rise in low paid and hour jobs, it is having a detrimental impact on many people.
“The Chancellor’s supposed “National Living Wage” will not compensate for this because of the loss in tax credits. It leave 4,600 working families in Blackpool worst off and struggling to support themselves and their children as a result."
“That’s why I will be opposing and voting against the Government when this policy comes before the House of Commons today.”