‘Disappointed’ over Bexhill and Battle MP’s tax cuts vote

The petition will be handed to Huw Merriman on Monday
The petition will be handed to Huw Merriman on Monday

The Bexhill and Battle MP’s decision to vote in favour of cuts to tax credits has upset some of his constituents.

Huw Merriman stuck with the Conservative plans in a vote proposed by the opposition to reverse the cuts.

In a letter to the Observer, Robin and Sue Young described the cuts as ‘unfair and unnecessary’ while Mrs Stammers was disappointed with the MP’s choice.

“I wonder how Mr Merriman would feel if he had to choose between buying a pair of shoes, making sure that there was enough food to feed the family or perhaps just buying clothes for the children to wear to school,” she said.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Merriman said he was concerned about the plans but knew cuts have to be made.

“Ultimately, I feel that it is right to introduce this measure to reduce tax credits for the following reasons,” he said.

“First, it moves the country away from a position in which government and taxpayers subsidise the wage bills of employers, acting as a disincentive to pay rises.

“Secondly, as a cost-saving measure it moves the country to a position where the books are balanced and we can reduce the interest bill on government debt.”

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