Spending Review: George Osborne U-turn over tax credits – BBC News

Media captionOsborne announces scrapping of taxation credits cuts

Chancellor George Osborne has surprised critics by doing a U-turn on tax credit cuts and vowing to protect police budgets in his Spending Review.

Millions of low pay households will not now consider their benefits cut in April, although the relief for many will be temporary because taxation credits will be phased out by 2018.

The new Universal Credit that will replace them is set to be less generous, critics say.

Mr Osborne also pushed ahead with 12 bn cuts to the welfare budget, with a fresh squeeze on housing benefit – and 20 bn in departmental cuts.

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