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Clause 11 - Changes to child tax credit

Part of Welfare Reform and Work Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 13th October 2015.

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Photo of Corri Wilson Corri Wilson Scottish National Party, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock 10:15 am, 13th October 2015

In tabling our amendments, the SNP seeks to lessen hardship in families. We want families, no matter how many children they have, to be able to  access the child tax credit and child element of universal credit to allow children to have the best possible start. Life is complex and not quite as black and white as the Bill suggests. When my children were at school, I was a single parent and I worked full time. I wanted to work, but, without the tax credits, I could not have afforded to. Please do not cut this lifeline for people in a similar position today. We will press amendments 45 and 50 to a vote.