THE vote in the House of Lords to water down the Government’s long overdue welfare reforms – the centrepiece being a cap on welfare payments of £26,000, which is supported in the latest polling by 76 per cent of voters – was extremely disappointing.
It only happened because of the actions of a few rebel Liberal Democrats and Labour peers who back the policy “in principle” but were unwilling to do the right thing in practice.
Labour left the welfare system in a mess, with too many people better off out of work and on benefits, than if they entered the world of work.
It’s not fair that benefit claimants can receive higher incomes than families in Lancashire, and across the country, who are in work, in some cases more than double the average household income.
That’s why the Government is introducing a cap on benefits – so that no family can get more on benefits than the average family does by going out to work.
The benefit cap will not affect the disabled or those who work and receive working tax credits.
There is no reason for anyone to be made homeless by Coalition government reforms when they can still receive the equivalent in benefits that someone in work would have to earn £35,000 a year to make.
The cap is an essential measure to restore fairness to our welfare system, while ensuring that support goes to those who need it.
Ed Miliband claims Labour support a cap. If he is serious, he should have backed the Government by supporting the benefit cap in full, and opposing all amendments to water it down. This was a test of his leadership – is he committed to setting out a credible economic plan, or are his words just posturing from a weak leader?
No wonder Labour are not trusted to run the economy.
MP for Wyre and Preston North
MY mum has worked all her life and after retiring, volunteered for a local charity.
She was diagnosed with dementia about 18 months ago and I am her carer 24/7.
She asked her doctor for some additional items on her prescription to help with her care.
They refused the request and left a message as to where to buy them.
I, as do many carers, save the government thousands of pounds in care.
Shame she’s not a druggie, then they would supply her with everything she needed from needles to methadone, a free heroine substitute.
IT’S good to see the long term futures of libraries at Grange Park and Mereside are being secured (Gazette January 25).
Libraries are a goldmine of opportunity.
They offer not only the chance to borrow books, but nowadays provide free internet access.
Let’s face it, not everyone can afford their own computer.
So we need to make sure we don’t lose any of our precious library services.
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I HAVE worked all my life until aged 69 and never took a day off except when hospitalised, once in India, once in Burma, and have never claimed benefits.
Does the benefit system need an overhaul? I would say yes.
Should people get more on benefits than people working? In an ideal world no, but you have to examine the system to understand this.
The Tory spokespeople most always refer to houses not homes and there is a big difference.
The way things are going there are going to be many more people on benefits and possibly, as well as their jobs, they are going to lose their homes.
I ask all fair minded people to examine this problem with an open mind and think “there by the grace of God go I”.
In the Citizens Advice Bureau in the ‘80s, I dealt with a lot of decent hard working blokes who, in middle age, had been thrown on the scrapheap with no chance of another job at their age.
I support the idea of a more enlightened benefit system, but it has to be done in a balanced and fair way instead of creating animosity by making decent people, who want to work, into scapegoats; thereby creating a them and us society.
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