News Date: Wednesday 7th March 2012

Tim Loughton MP welcomes capped benefits for families who don’t work

The Government’s victory in passing the Welfare Reform Bill, ensuring that no family can get more in benefits than the average working family earns, has been welcomed by Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham.

Under the reforms, the benefit payments for 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.

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 earns.

Commenting, 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.’

Tim commented:

‘In my constituency, the average person would have to pay tax for 34 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 has once again shown they are the party of something for nothing.’

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