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 Labour Parliamentary Candidate Backs Cap on Welfare Spending

Sunday 30 March 2014

Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, has backed Labour’s call for a cap on welfare spending, in order to control the cost of social security by making fairer choices. This week Labour supported an overall cap on welfare and slammed the Coalition for their repeated failure to keep overall social security spending under control. Ms Brothers Explained:
“Figures in the recent Budget showed that spending on social security will be £1 billion higher this year than the Paul Burstow-Scully backed government promised in December 2013.
“Since 2010, the government has spent £13billion more than it originally planned to spend on social security, long-term youth unemployment has doubled, costing £330 million a year, the housing benefit bill has risen and the cost of Universal Credit continues to rise.
“The government is having to spend more on social security because of their failing policies and because they’ve created a cost-of-living crisis that leaves working people an average of £1,600 a year worse off.
“I support the cap because local people in Sutton and Cheam have told me that they want to see the costs of social security controlled in a fair way, tackling its root causes and helps families squeezed by falling wages and rising rents.
“Labour has already shown that it is prepared to make the tough choices. For example, we’ve set our plans to scrap winter fuel payments for the richest 5 per cent of pensioners and abolish the cruel and unfair bedroom tax.
“The Tory-LibDem Coalition can’t control the costs of social security because not only are they incompetent, but because they don’t understand that falling wages and rising rents are pushing up the benefit bill. Labour will take action to keep social security under control in a fair way by tackling the root causes of rising social security spending, such as low pay, long-term unemployment and the wholly inadequate supply of housing.
“We would deal with low pay by strengthening the minimum wage and encouraging more employers to pay a living wage. Labour will get 200,000 homes a year built by 2020 to help bring down the cost of rents and tackle the housing crisis. We will tackle the £330 million cost of long-term youth unemployment with a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee. “

 

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