Philippa Stroud on Newsnight 28.02.08 (1).mp4_20151104_113650.962

A leading Tory Party think tank has warned George Osborne his tax credit cuts could discourage the lowest-paid from seeking work and told him the government needs to soften the cuts to help poor families.

The warnings come in a report released today by the new Executive Director of the Centre for Social Justice Philippa Stroud, in which even the former Iain Duncan Smith adviser tells Osborne:

“Why have a surplus if we can’t protect those on the lowest pay, doing the right thing by taking work?”

Interestingly, Ms Stroud has a second day job as Tory peer Baroness Stroud.

Who, erm … voted against softening the effects of the chancellor’s tax credit cuts just last week (from Hansard):

stroud vote

Probably hoping nobody would notice?

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