Here are the 17 jobs that will lose out the most under Britain’s tax credit cuts

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Tax credits are a form of income support for low-wage workers, and Britain’s Conservative government is planning to cut them down.

Unlike state welfare payments for disability or unemployment, you can work full time and still take them.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne proposed to trim and limit tax credit payments at the last government budget.

However, the House of Lords voted to delay the cuts until the government was able to demonstrate that Britain’s lowest-paid workers would be compensated in another way.

A cut in tax credits is still likely to go ahead and take away thousands of pounds for some of the country’s lowest earners.

Business Insider took a look at some of the jobs that would be worst affected from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) data. CPAG crunched the numbers for selected jobs in 2016 – 2017 for sole earners with two children working full time on an annual basis and found out how much people working in certain jobs would lose each year.


16. Hairdresser – £1,669. CPAG says that nationally £4.4 billion would be taken from low-paid families if the tax credit cuts do end up getting approved.

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15. Cook – £1,860. CPAG data shows that 3.2 million low-paid workers would lose an average of £1,350 next year.

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14. Teaching assistant – £1,896. Worryingly, the CPAG data says that some families would only keep 3p in every extra £1 they earn.

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13. Home carer – £1,906. CPAG believes that the proposed tax credits cuts would “damage work incentives and increase child poverty.”

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12. Childminder – £1,959. The charity adds that the cuts are not compensated for by the rise in the National Living Wage, which is a minimum of £7.20 per hour for workers over 25 years’ old. The minimum wage is £6.70 for those over the age of 21.

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11. Dental nurse – £2,027. The group adds that a rising income tax threshold or free childcare will not offset any cuts made to tax credits.

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10. Animal care worker – £2,047. CPAG CEO Alison Garnham says “These are grafting parents, often working long hours and trying to provide for their kids. And if you’re struggling now to pay for food, utilities, fares and your children’s clothing, these kind of losses must make you fear for the future.”

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9. Hospital porter – £2,049. “The Government has had the message loud and clear from right across the political spectrum: there isn’t a case for cuts that would target working families, increase child poverty and damage family security,” says Garnham.

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8. Library Clerk – £2,081. CPAG pointed out that Osborne’s tax credit cuts will take more than ten times as much from the pockets of low-income working families than the former Labour government’s scrap of the 10p tax rate in 2007.

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7. Veterinary nurse – £2,123. On October 72, Britain’s House of Lords voted to delay the tax credit cuts saying the government has to compensate low earning families in another way.

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6. School secretary – £2,125. UK Chancellor George Osborne said he was willing to “lessen the impact” of the cuts.

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5. Legal secretary – £2,140. He said that he will respond to the House of Lords when he unveils his autumn statement in November.

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4. Bank clerk – £2,262. Osborne told MPs in parliament: “we will continue to reform tax credits and save the money needed so that Britain lives within its means while at the same time lessening the impact on families during the transition.”

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3. Medical secretary – £2,270. “I will set out the plans in the autumn statement. We remain as determined as ever to build a low-tax, low-welfare, high-wage economy that Britain needs and the British people want to see,” he added.

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2. Laboratory technician – £2,288. Currently, you get full working tax credit payments until you earn £6,420, after which the credit tapers off the more you earn.

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1 (Joint). Security guard – £2,304. From April, that limit will be cut to £3,850, and the payments will be tapered more quickly.

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1 (Joint). Local government administrator – £2,304. We will only know how the government plans to “lessen the impact” next month.

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