Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson's concern for those targe

Bill Esterson


In the week that the Tory-Lib Dem Government's welfare reforms came into force, Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he was "deeply concerned for those people who have been targeted by this right-wing ideological offensive".

Figures released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies today reveals that the average family will be £891 worse off this year because of the cumulative effects of Tory-Lib Dem attacks on working people.

A raft of 'reforms' came in on Monday, which include:

  • Increase in prescription charges - prescription charges are now £7.85
  • Council tax benefits - 2,500,000 households will see a rise of £138 a year
  • Disability Living Allowance will become Personal Independence Payment - taking away support from many in real need

Bill Esterson said he was concerned about the most vulnerable people yet again being targeted by the Tories and Lib Dems.

Bill said: "This government is not hiding the fact that they are targeting the most vulnerable yet again with the latest raft of cuts.

"It is the vulnerable, the poorest and disabled who I am most worried for as the Tories and Lib Dems forge ahead with their right-wing ideological attack.

"From prescription charge hikes through to the council tax benefits changes, the government is squeezing yet more money out of the poorest and those in most need."

Bill said the Tories and Lib Dems are taking from the poor with one hand and giving to the rich with the other.

Bill said: "Any illusion that these are changes designed to reduce the deficit are shattered when you find that the Tories and Lib Dems are about to introduce a tax cut for 13,000 millionaires. From Saturday (April 6) 13,000 millionaires will get a £100,000 tax cut.

"This is an ideological attack and it is the poorest who are going to be the casualties.

"I am deeply concerned about the health and well-being of those who are being targeted by the government.

"These changes are not fair. They are making those in need pay for the mistakes of the those running the banks who caused the financial crisis. And I totally oppose this crass, heartless assault on the disabled, the old and the needy."



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