Fears 'mummy tax' will hit Gloucester mums
A 'mummy tax' will hit Gloucester mums, a leading councillor has warned.
That's the view of Labour's Kate Haigh who is calling on Gloucester City Council to warn prime minister David Cameron about the effects of new benefit changes on hard-hit families.
The Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill will cap benefit rises at one per cent a year until 2016.
Around 340,000 women claim either statutory maternity pay or maternity allowance every year.
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Until now their benefits have gone up in line with inflation, which currently stands at 2.7 per cent.
But from next month new mothers' benefits will go up by just one per cent every year as part of a three-year cap on welfare increases.
So by 2015 critics have calculated the benefits will be cut by £180 because they will not increase by as much as the cost of living will.
Kate Haigh (L, Matson and Robinswood) said: "We think it is wrong that mothers who are struggling are having their benefits cuts while millionaires enjoy tax cuts thanks to this Government.
"We should all be paying tax according to our ability to pay.
"But these latest changes will badly affect mothers who are already struggling to make ends meet."
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