Opinion Brendan Keenan

Thursday 17 August 2017

UK tax credits - a policy that was too good to last

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

The mayor of Calais got it right, perhaps. In an interview a few months ago Natacha Bouchart gave her opinion as to why so many migrants were desperate to get across the Channel to Britain. One big reason, she thought, was the UK system of tax credits.

This remarkable claim received scant attention in most of the British media. Not surprising perhaps: having a French politician criticise the UK welfare system as being overly generous hardly fits the media narrative - whether on the right or left.

But lo and behold, the credits were slashed in Chancellor George Osborne's Budget this month - a decision with all kinds of repercussions.

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