System must be fair for those in real need

Eric Ollerenshaw - My week in Westminster
Eric Ollerenshaw - My week in Westminster

DOWN in Westminster last week, the main talking point was about the new cap on benefits.

The Government has set the cap at £26,000, which is the equivalent take home pay of someone earning £35.000 per year

I remember during the election campaign, a recurring theme was the story of a husband and wife or single parent who work full time, pay their taxes, look after their children and struggle to make ends meet.

Yet they often knew people who seemed to be better off on benefits than going out to work while others they claimed were simply abusing the system at everybody else’s expense.

I do agree with them the system hasn’t been fair, which is why I supported the introduction of the cap at the equivalent of an income of £35,000 a year. This is more than generous particularly when you consider that there are many hard working households across Fleetwood, who do not claim benefits and live on incomes much less than £35,000.

It should also be noted that the most vulnerable have already been made exempt from the cap including those with disabilities and war widows.

Those in work who are doing the right thing, such as people in receipt of Working Tax Credits, will also be excluded from the cap.

Our welfare system is there to help and support people who need it. It must be fair to both those in real need of help and also taxpayers who ultimately pay for this safety net.

As always, please contact me if I can be of any help. I represent everyone that lives in Fleetwood regardless of how or whether you vote.