Bill Esterson MP: Tory-Lib Dem Government benefit cap is condemn

Bill Esterson

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said the Tory-Lib Dem Government was condemning many hardworking families in Sefton Central and throughout the country to life below the poverty line after they voted to slash benefits this evening.

Tory and Lib Dem MPs voted to cap vital benefits. More than 60% of the recipients of the benefits are working people.

Seven million working households will lose £165 each a year if the changes are pushed through.

Bill Esterson, who voted against the real-terms benefits cut, said the Tory-Lib Dem cuts was another attack on working people.

Bill said: "This is the latest in a long line of disgusting outright attacks on working people by this Tory-Lib Dem Government.

"While George Osborne tries to stigmatise the working poor, he is hitting the strivers in our community. This is a tax on strivers.

"Seven million working households will lose more than £165 each years because of these cuts. Forty-thousand soldiers are being hit by this. Three-hundred thousand nurses will lose out. One-hundred and fifty thousand teachers will be hurt.

"These aren't the people who the Tories and Lib Dems are trying to stigmatise as skivers. These are the hardworking people who rely on benefits to make ends meet - to feed their families and heat their homes.

"These ideological cuts will push hardworking people below the poverty line at a time when they need help the most."

Bill said while the Tories and Lib Dems were hitting hardworking families, they were rewarding the country's wealthiest.

Bill said: "These cuts are ideological. This is the same old Tories returning to their nasty ways, but now they've got the support of their Lib Dem friends.

"They are hitting working families, but at the same time the wealthy few who earn over £1million a year will be getting a tax cut.

"That can't be fair. It isn't fair.

"People are struggling to make ends meet. Many are finding themselves on the dole. Many of these people are right here in Sefton Central.

"This is a time when they need help - not the Tory-Lib Dem boot."