Danny Alexander: Tax changes to help 'the most in need'
Labour says benefit cuts coming into force will make it a "Black Wednesday" for families across Britain.
As the new tax year begins, tax rises and benefit cuts aimed at tackling the estimated £146bn deficit take effect.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander acknowledged the tax changes would be difficult for many people, but he said the government was seeking to concentrate help on "the most in need" against a tough financial backdrop.
He told the BBC "as a government, we've taken some incredibly difficult decisions to deal with the enormous mess that Labour made of the economy".