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City MP attacks lack of plan on benefits

By citizenmike  |  Posted: January 22, 2013

Richard Graham MP

Richard Graham MP

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A lack of alternative proposals to the changes in the benefits system has been criticised by Gloucester MP Richard Graham in a parliamentary speech.

He said that Labour politicians had 'no plan' when it came to dealing with benefit restructuring.

He said: "It has literally no plan for how much the benefits uprating should be to replace the government's 2.2 per cent for carers and those with disabilities, and one per cent for certain child tax credits.

"Their idea of moral compassion was running up debts whose interest alone is more than the entire education budget.

"It is an outrageous betrayal of the young in Gloucester who are ultimately paying the price."

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  • Spud0  |  January 22 2013, 7:21PM

    Let's see, the Tory led government are sacking soldiers just as it's all kicking off in Africa the soldiers being dumped on the dole queue to face a job market with high unemployement, reduced benefits if they don't get a job, reduced access to health care as the NHS faces a funding and mis-managment crisis, chaos in the education system for their kids and....it's all somebody else's fault! Of course, these problems effects everyone and not just the soldiers Due to these failures this Tory led coalition government are raising the debt to £600 billion, the same as Labour proposed. " A YouGov poll commissioned by Policy Exchange around the time of last year's budget finds that just 16 per cent realise that debt is going up." This is a fact Tory MP Mr Graham fails to mention, I wonder why?

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  • QuedgeleyGuy  |  January 22 2013, 7:13PM

    Banker Alert !

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  • Shireresident  |  January 22 2013, 5:20PM

    Seems to me that bashing the poor has taken over from foxhunting as the national sport these days. It makes me ashamed to be British.

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  January 22 2013, 3:51PM

    The Government have said all along that less than 1% is fraud. However, what REALLY winds up everryone from all parties, is the people too fat to work, those with so many children that make a puppy farm look legal, and those that claim everything that moves......with the lily livered liberals bending over backwards to pay them. We ALL need to reign in our spending, and as the US experiment hasn't worked, they have come round to the same conclusion as the rest of Europe. However, as Liebour supporters have the memory span of a fish, they will elect them back in, and we will have five more years of tax and spend.

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  • raidermanuk  |  January 22 2013, 2:14PM

    I don't think the cuts as described here are unreasonable however it should be a lot more difficult for the benefits system to be abused. If we didn't just throw money away on those who didn't require help we could spend more on those who did. Apart from the abusers there's all the nanny benefits that do nothing to encourage people to become self sufficient. I don't think there would be many that would disagree with limiting child benefit to the first three children. And there are many other benefits that could be chopped in a similar fashion. If you choose a certain lifestyle - you pay for it! As for Labour, their future voters must have short memories!

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  • Spud0  |  January 22 2013, 1:44PM

    I think current Tory policies have attacked the vunerable and poor unfairly, first they whip up resentment for those receiving benefits by citing the few that abuse benefits (and it is really a small minority) and then make cuts for everyone else then blame Labour. If the young are now paying the price it's because of you and your government today Mr Graham!

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