Government benefit changes will punish ‘strivers’ and reward ‘skivers’ says MP

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HARD-WORKING households in Bolton face losing more than £500 per year because of government reforms, a borough MP claims.

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling has urged Chancellor George Osborne to rethink tax credit and benefit changes which she claims will hit thousands of residents.

In his autumn statement, Mr Osborne said: “Fairness is also about being fair to the person who leaves home every morning to go out to work and sees that their neighbour is still asleep, living a life on benefits.

“As well as a tax system where the richest pay their fair share, we have to have a welfare system that is fair to the working people who are paying for it.”

But Ms Hilling reckons that hard-working families are among those being hit the heaviest and that households with one wage earner could lose out by as much as £534 a year.

She claims 60 per cent of the people affected by the government’s changes to tax credits and benefits are working people.

She said: “The people that are losing out here aren’t skivers, they’re strivers.

“I think working families in my constituency who are feeling the pinch will be angry to see their tax credits and benefits cut.”

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1:15pm Fri 4 Jan 13

berushka says...

changes to benefits means 60 percent of WORKING people will lose out? How does she work that one out? If they are working, then their salaries might be on the low side, thus entitling them to some form of benefit. If they are not working at all, then perhaps the benefits they claim need looking into. Another hilling **** up, opening her mouth before all the facts are known. Maybe if she didn't claim so many dubious allowances and furniture claims at the taxpayers' expense,then the Government would have a bit more for the ordinary folk she tries to make us believe she is fighting for.
changes to benefits means 60 percent of WORKING people will lose out? How does she work that one out? If they are working, then their salaries might be on the low side, thus entitling them to some form of benefit. If they are not working at all, then perhaps the benefits they claim need looking into. Another hilling **** up, opening her mouth before all the facts are known. Maybe if she didn't claim so many dubious allowances and furniture claims at the taxpayers' expense,then the Government would have a bit more for the ordinary folk she tries to make us believe she is fighting for. berushka
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6:45pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Rocket_Scientist says...

Is only January 4th and already both parties are at each others throats pointing and blaming each other. "Fairness is also about being fair to the person who leaves home every morning to go out to work and sees that their neighbour is still asleep, living a life on benefits" - is that so? All these cuts in benefits to old people with their fuel allowances, to overweight people, to scroungers as they call them. When are the MP's going to cut their benefits and second homes in London and expenses and employing relatives to help out. The best job in the UK now is being a MP!! You don't even have to represent the people who elected you either, give me some of that please. They are all as bad as each other and it will only get worse because we let them do it to us.
Is only January 4th and already both parties are at each others throats pointing and blaming each other. "Fairness is also about being fair to the person who leaves home every morning to go out to work and sees that their neighbour is still asleep, living a life on benefits" - is that so? All these cuts in benefits to old people with their fuel allowances, to overweight people, to scroungers as they call them. When are the MP's going to cut their benefits and second homes in London and expenses and employing relatives to help out. The best job in the UK now is being a MP!! You don't even have to represent the people who elected you either, give me some of that please. They are all as bad as each other and it will only get worse because we let them do it to us. Rocket_Scientist
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7:51pm Fri 4 Jan 13

aardwolf says...

Julie Hilling's inability to do basic maths is fast becoming an embarrassment for her party. Or is she actually protesting that people earning over 50k shouldn't lose child benefit? If that's the case I hope the next step will be for her to call for the scrapping of the grossly unfair 40% tax rate for people who have strived hard.
Julie Hilling's inability to do basic maths is fast becoming an embarrassment for her party. Or is she actually protesting that people earning over 50k shouldn't lose child benefit? If that's the case I hope the next step will be for her to call for the scrapping of the grossly unfair 40% tax rate for people who have strived hard. aardwolf
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