Fears have been raised over the impact on Borders families of prospective cuts to working tax credits.
The Conservative government has put forward proposals to abolish working tax credits, which would affect thousands of families in the Borders.
Local Labour Party spokesperson Barrie Cunning said this week: “The Tories talk about reforming the welfare system.
“In actual fact, what they mean is the eradication of the welfare state, which will hit working families in the Borders the hardest and will directly result in families being dependent on food banks just to make ends meet.
“The idea that getting rid of working tax credits will in some way help working people and their families is frankly insane.”
He went on: “A family in the Borders earning in the region of £20,000 with three children will be £2,184.20 worse off under these new proposals. This is no laughing matter and yet the Tories speak lightly of a policy that will put families into further hardship and suffering.
“We must do everything we can to ensure that working families are protected and given the help they need to sustain them in employment not put them in a situation that could potentially see them not able to work.”