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Question to the Prime Minister
12/12/2012 15:38:00


I was selected to ask a question to the Prime Minister today during Prime Minister's Questions. Below is the question I asked and the Prime Minister's answer:

"Over the past five years, benefits have risen twice as fast as salaries. Does the Prime Minister agree that, while we have a duty to the least well-off, it cannot be fair that people who are out of work enjoy bigger increases in their living standards than those who graft hard, day and night, to support themselves and their families?"

David Cameron, Prime Minister:

"My hon. Friend puts it extremely clearly. Many people in our country have seen a pay freeze year after year, yet welfare benefits have gone up year after year. So, in politics, we face a choice: do we go on putting those welfare benefits up, which does not help those who are in work and on a pay freeze, or do we take the tough and necessary decision? We have taken the tough and necessary decision. The only Labour welfare Minister that anyone took seriously was Mr Field. He has said that Labour’s approach simply is not serious, and once again he is right."

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On 18/12/2012 14:42:00 Christine P Meekison wrote:
Thank you for asking this important question. It is right that we help those who need help but it is pretty obvious that the benefit system is overloaded and abused. If those in work have to cope with pay freezes or cuts then the same ought to apply to benfit claimants. As I am retired I don't have an axe to grind but I do feel strongly that people shoulod not be encouraged not to find work because they are better off on benefits.

I am a disabled person and receive a DLA for which I am proofoundly grateful - but if it was a very small increase, or none, I would not be in the least upset. We all have to help in the present economic climate and not be greedy.




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