Tory_ people struggling with tax credit cuts could ‘go without’ sky tv _ metro news

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A Tory minister said families struggling with tax credit cuts should just ‘go without’ satellite TV.

Tracey Crouch, the sports minister and MP for Chatham and Aylesford, told the Spectator that the government needs to ‘try to help people to support themselves’, and mentioned individual cases where people ‘haven’t realised some of the savings that they need to make themselves’.

‘Some of my most heartbreaking cases are those that

come to me saying that they are struggling and then you go through with them their expenditure and income – I’m not generalising at all, I’m talking about some very individual cases – and actually they just haven’t realised some of the savings that they need to make themselves,’ she said.

‘You know it can be… things like paid subscriptions to TVs and you just sit there and you think you have to sometimes go without if you are going to have people make ends meet.’

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The remarks follow those made by the Tory chancellor Ken Clarke, who called the top-up pay for low-wage workers a ‘taxpayers bung on top of their pay’.

Both Labour and readers branded the comments ‘offensive’, ‘out-of-touch’ and ‘insulting’.

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‘Another day and yet more evidence of out-of-touch Tory MPs insulting working people in low pay in what has been a further torturous week for George Osborne on tax credits,’ Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour’s shadow treasury minister, said.

‘And it’s outrageous for a serving minister to claim that working families simply need to “go without” in order to make ends meet. Losing £1,300 a year isn’t about cutting back on luxuries, it’s about families being able to pay the bills.

‘What a bung really looks like is a Tory party funded by rich bankers and hedge funds giving tax breaks to a few millionaires while cutting tax credits to over three million working families by £1,300 a year.’

Crouch later apologised for the remarks after being widely criticised.

‘I apologise for causing any offence,’ she said. ‘I’m sorry for giving the impression of a lack of understanding of the financial pressures many families face – nothing could be further from the truth.’