Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim farron said after last night's votes in the House of Lords
The Government has been forced into an embarrassing climb down. George Osborne must now go back to the drawing board and come back with plans to balance the books that don’t simply attack working families who are already struggling to get by.
We have sent a clear signal to the Tories that the British people will not accept this scale of attack on the vital support they need.
Tonight’s vote gives people hope, but the threat still looms large.
It is utterly depressing that Labour did not join with the Liberal Democrats to kill off the cuts to Tax Credits completely.
We support the delay in the proposals and the demand for transitional protection, but this alone won’t stop the Conservative’s attack on working families who rely on Tax Credits, or ensure that it really does pay more to be in work than remain on benefits.
The Liberal Democrats will continue to do all we can stop tax credit changes that disproportionately hurt low-earning families, and urge others to do the same.