MP Hugh Bayley in challenge over poverty

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MANY more children will be plunged into poverty due to Government benefit cuts, a York MP has said.

Hugh Bayley, who represents York Central, challenged the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in the House of Commons and said the response had fuelled his concerns.

Mr Bayley said means-tested benefits, introduced during his time as a Social Security Minister in the late 1990s, had seen the number of UK households with below-average incomes fall “significantly” but national media reports last week said the Government’s one per cent benefit cap would force 200,000 more children into poverty.

Responding to Mr Bayley’s question about the Government’s proposals “to make sure work is a pathway out of poverty”, Liberal Democrat leader Mr Clegg said: “The main thing is to make sure work always pays, which is why we are introduced much-needed reforms ducked by the previous (Labour) administration.

“We are immensely proud that, as of April, we will be taking two million people on low pay out of paying any income tax at all.”

Mr Clegg said introducing universal credits would “get rid of some of the disincentives to work”, by rewarding people who only work several hours a week, and allow those working to “keep more of their money”.

However, Mr Bayley pointed to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, predicting child poverty after housing costs are taken into account will affect three million people in 2014/15.

He said: “The Deputy Prime Minister talks about rewarding work, but the Government’s policies will plunge many more children into poverty, which is extremely worrying.”

He said welfare changes would cut tax credits and benefits for millions of people, with two-thirds of the families affected being in work, and he voted against them because he did not want to see previous reforms dealt “a huge setback”.

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1:50pm Thu 14 Feb 13

NoMorePlease says...

What's the weather like in utopia dream-land
What's the weather like in utopia dream-land NoMorePlease
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1:53pm Thu 14 Feb 13

meme says...

Perhaps Mr bayley if the labour party had not behaved like a bunch of economic illiterates and tried to buy votes the UK economy would not be in the mess it's in and we would not be in quite such a difficult position
I can virtually forgive anything but any party which allows its outgoing politicians to leave a sarcastic note saying..''good luck..there is no money left'' as a final message should never be allowed into power again.
Whst were Labour thinking of? Unfortunatly our local political masters are taking York down the same route with I suspect the same consequences
Perhaps Mr bayley if the labour party had not behaved like a bunch of economic illiterates and tried to buy votes the UK economy would not be in the mess it's in and we would not be in quite such a difficult position I can virtually forgive anything but any party which allows its outgoing politicians to leave a sarcastic note saying..''good luck..there is no money left'' as a final message should never be allowed into power again. Whst were Labour thinking of? Unfortunatly our local political masters are taking York down the same route with I suspect the same consequences [but do they care? it does not seem to matter a jot to them as they will be long gone] meme
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3:10pm Thu 14 Feb 13

TheTruthHurts says...

I'm surprised Hugh Bayley even understands what poverty is.
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I couldn't think of anyone more detached from Britain's poor than him.
I'm surprised Hugh Bayley even understands what poverty is. ' I couldn't think of anyone more detached from Britain's poor than him. TheTruthHurts
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5:51pm Thu 14 Feb 13

working class tory says...

Shouldn't the Press' campaign read "stamp out 'absolute' poverty"?

And, I really do have concerns that many of the Marxist commentators posting on this site are actually Labour councillors; running our city - very scary!
Shouldn't the Press' campaign read "stamp out 'absolute' poverty"? And, I really do have concerns that many of the Marxist commentators posting on this site are actually Labour councillors; running our city - very scary! working class tory
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11:47pm Thu 14 Feb 13

akaroa says...

Theres no chance of Bayley pleading poverty, he's milked the expenses system for years. Good salary, excelent pension, fringe benefits, etc, all paid for by the tax payer, he can't loose.
Theres no chance of Bayley pleading poverty, he's milked the expenses system for years. Good salary, excelent pension, fringe benefits, etc, all paid for by the tax payer, he can't loose. akaroa
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12:27pm Fri 15 Feb 13

meme says...

In response I am not a Tory, I am what I think is called a floating voter. However I am a realist and understand there is no money.
I accept it was not ALL labours fault but they did nothing to give us a financial buffer against the economic maelstrom that has hit the UK. They spent,spent spent with NO savings for the bad times.
It was foolhardy to say the least and economic insanity to say the worst and ANT party thast had behaved like this would have been mad but Mr Brown who was seriously unpopular tried his best to buy votes by spending recklessly to make us all feel good.
No wonder he is never seen anymore. He will go down as the worst PM we have ever had
Noboby can deny what they did was stupid I dont think
In response I am not a Tory, I am what I think is called a floating voter. However I am a realist and understand there is no money. I accept it was not ALL labours fault but they did nothing to give us a financial buffer against the economic maelstrom that has hit the UK. They spent,spent spent with NO savings for the bad times. It was foolhardy to say the least and economic insanity to say the worst and ANT party thast had behaved like this would have been mad but Mr Brown who was seriously unpopular tried his best to buy votes by spending recklessly to make us all feel good. No wonder he is never seen anymore. He will go down as the worst PM we have ever had Noboby can deny what they did was stupid I dont think meme
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