Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Guildford, Kelly-Marie Blundell, has welcomed Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander lifting the lid on secret Tory proposals to slash Child Benefit.
Having ruled out tax rises for the wealthiest, the Tories have stated that they will end the deficit by 2017/18 by slashing services and benefits for those in need. In recent weeks, they have repeatedly refused to explain where these cuts will fall, so denying the electorate the opportunity to make an informed choice on polling day.
Danny has therefore revealed that in government the Conservatives previously tabled proposals to limit Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit to two children – a £3,500 loss for a family of three - thereby giving some indication of where cuts may fall under a Tory-led government after 7th May. It is only thanks to the Liberal Democrats that these cuts did not become a reality in this term.
The Tories also drew up the following measures to raise over £8 billion:
•Remove the higher rate Child Benefit from the first child – an average
cut of over £360 for every family with children.
•Means test Child Benefit – cutting £1,750 for a two child middle
•Remove Child Benefit from 16–19 year olds – a cut of over £1,000 for
parents of a single child.
•Limit support to two children in Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit –
cutting up to a massive £3,500 from a family with three children.
The plans shine a light on the scale of cuts to working age support the Conservatives will need to make in the next parliament.
These revelations come after the IFS confirmed the Conservatives have yet to spell where £11 billion of cuts to the welfare budget will come from.
Danny Alexander said: "For five years I have won battle after battle to stop the Tories veering off to the right with ideological cuts, and it’s been worth it to get the economy back on track while ensuring a fairer society. The coalition has delivered savings in a fair way, but to balance the books, the Tories now want ordinary working families and the most vulnerable in society to shoulder the burden.
Kelly-Marie Blundell added: "The Tories are asking the British people to trust them while they make unfunded pledges on health and tax, yet won't tell us how they will cut welfare for millions of families to pay for those plans. Like a dodgy second-hand
car salesman trying to sell you a car without telling you the number of miles on the clock, they are not to be trusted."