Momentum are gathering a series of video messages from people around the country to highlight the impact on families of George Osborne’s proposed cuts to tax credits.
The movement set up by members of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership election team is calling for help in telling what they call ‘the Work Penalty story’ via messages addressed directly to Osborne himself in the run-up to the chancellor’s autumn statement on 25 November.
“The government’s plans have provoked outrage and uproar across the land,” according to a Team Momentum email this week. “Even the comment pages of the Financial Times called the cuts a ‘crime and a blunder’.
Momentum point to Michelle Dorrell’s intervention on the BBC’s Question Time as an example of the kind of personal story they are looking for to make an impact. Dorrell’s contribution, they say, “did so much more to explain the cruelty and dishonesty of the Work Penalty than abstract figures. These are working people’s lives that this government is choosing to make worse.
“The Tories must know the impact that their decisions will have on the millions of families they are supposed to be representing.”
Momentum are also supporting a series of actions across the country organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity. They are listed here: