'We need benefit despite two incomes' - Panorama special
Last year, 3.3 million households claimed tax credits, which top up the wages of people on low incomes.
When they were introduced in the 1970s, they were claimed by just 71,000 people.
Tax credits and other benefits for working families cost the Government £28bn a year.
Richard Bilton meets the O'Harrow family in Wiltshire who say they could not get by without tax credits.
You can watch Panorama: Workers on the Breadline on BBC1 at 20:30 on Monday 6th October
06 Oct 2014
- From the section UK