Mark backs benefits cap


FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has welcomed the introduction of the Government’s benefit cap.

Mr Menzies said the measure, part of the Welfare Reform Bill, was a victory for ordinary, hard-working people in ensuring that no family can claim more in benefits than the average hard 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.

He said: “I have had a huge amount of support for the cap both in my meetings with constituents and in letters and emails from the people of Fylde.

“This is a fair measure which will right some of the wrongs of the welfare system left behind by the previous Government and show hard-working people that refusing to work does not pay.

“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.”

Labour opposed the 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 earns.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Today marks an historic step in the biggest welfare revolution in over 60 years.

“This government has taken bold action to make work pay, while protecting the vulnerable. 

“Past governments have talked about reform, while watching the benefits bill sky rocket and generations languish on the dole and dependency. 

“This government is delivering it.

“Our new law will mark the end of the culture that said a life on benefits was an acceptable alternative to work.”

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