This new law will hurt millions of families trying to do the right thing - Byrne

29 February 2012

Liam ByrneLiam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to David Cameron's comments this evening on the Welfare Reform Bill, said:

"Everyone in Britain believes in sensible welfare reform - and there are ideas in this bill, like universal credit that build on Labour's tax credits which for the first time helped make sure work paid.

"But, sadly this new law will hurt millions of families trying to do the right thing and work and save and it crosses a line of basic British decency. It locks in cuts to childcare that will make it impossible for thousands of families to work the hours or shifts they might need. It takes away tax credits from anyone with modest savings. And worse it cuts away support for patients still recovering from cancer, and children with disabilities.

"Crucially, it does nothing to create a single new job. And with our welfare bill spiralling by £29 billion as unemployment soars, the welfare reform we needs is jobs, jobs, jobs."