I welcome the Government’s victory in passing the Welfare Reform Bill, which ensures that no family can get more in benefits than the average working family earns.
Under the reforms, the benefit payments that a household on out of work benefits will be capped at £26,000 per year so that work always pays. Under Labour, households were able to receive up to £104,000 per year in Housing Benefit alone. Over the last few months I have been contacted by many residents who have supported this policy.
Labour have opposed this fair cap on benefits, voting to maintain a something for nothing culture whereby some families who don’t work get thousands of pounds more in welfare handouts than the average working family earnes. In Great Yarmouth, the average person would have to pay tax for 35 years to pay for one household to receive £104,000 in benefits a year, which could happen if Labour had their way.
This benefit cap shows that Conservatives are the party of fairness, standing up for hard working taxpayers. By voting against it, Labour have once again shown they are the party of something for nothing.’