Poorest areas 'will suffer most from tax credit cuts'

The poorest parts of the country will suffer most from the Government's tax credit cuts, according to a new study.

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The TUC says average losses are calculated for a year from next April when the cuts are due to come into force.

It says in Wales the loss will be just under £1,400. The biggest impact will be in Northern Ireland, where the average loss to claimants will be £1,480. Average losses in London will be £1,110.

This research makes clear that as well as making families suffer, the tax credit cuts will make regional inequalities worse. The households who will lose the most are those already in low-income areas. Instead of cuts that target the UK's lowest-paid communities, the Government should channel more support towards them.

– Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary