People living in Lichfield and Burntwood have signed a petition calling on the area’s MP to join the fight against proposed cuts to tax credits.
Campaigners say the changes to the system would make life harder for millions of low-paid families – and claim more than 200,000 children could be pushed into poverty.
More than 200 people have signed the petition asking Conservative MP Michael Fabricant to raise local concerns with the Chancellor George Osborne.
Lichfield resident Adam Elsdon hopes to deliver the petition to the local MP this week.
“It is important all MPs are held to account over these cuts,” Adam said. “David Cameron promised he wouldn’t touch tax credits before the election and now his party is going back on its word.
“Hard working people in the Lichfield and Burntwood constituency didn’t vote for a broken promise, and yet lots of us will suffer.
“Michael Fabricant MP regularly posts on twitter that ‘the area has a low unemployment rate of just 0.7%’, yet there is a Foodbank in Lichfield that distributed emergency food parcels to 1,300 different individuals and families.
“The 200 signatures on this petition represent a small minority of those in need in his area, people who are hard working and decent, that want a hand up not a handout to take them out of the poverty that they find themselves in.
“I am personally asking Michael Fabricant to help those people, and speak up and vote against the tax credit cuts on behalf of his constituents.”
The local petition is one of many across the country being delivered to constituency MPs.
Campaigner Kahra Wayland-Larty said: “The cuts to tax credits will simply punish people in the Lichfield and Burntwood area on low wages who work hard, but still don’t have enough to make ends meet.
“It will push many families to breaking point.
“But MPs have the opportunity to stop the cuts, by continuing to voice their concerns to George Osborne. That’s why hundreds are meeting their MPs before the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 25, to deliver the petition straight to MPs and ask for them to oppose the cuts at any opportunity.
“Many MPs in other areas have already spoken out because they know they can’t support cuts which will hit their constituents hardest – the very people who have just voted them in.
“Michael Fabricant needs to step up and represent Lichfield and Burntwood constituents too.”