Gordon Brown performed an abrupt policy about-turn yesterday over the 10p tax on low income workers, thanks to the three Labour backbenchers and oppsition parties. Where was the pressure from Chris Bryant Rhondda MP, he was in London helping old Ken with his maroral election. Where was Wayne David Caerphilly MP and government whip, his job is to make sure Labour MP’s tow the party policy.
Two examples of Labour MP’s who talk passionalty about the working classes and the most needy in society. When the people of their consitiuency really needed them, they find reasons not to. That is why they voted to contiune with the post office closure plans, putting their party before their people. Welsh people need to seriouly think about who are the best candidates to represent them before voting.
Merthyr Tydfil has the highest percentage of male Incapacity Benefits claimants of anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Merthyr Tydfil is not isolated in this respect. Of the eight highest male Incapacity Benefit claimant areas in Britain, five are in South Wales – in addition to Merthyr, there is Blaenau Gwent, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Caerphilly. And within these local authority areas, the highest concentrations of Incapacity Benefits recipients are in the top ends of the Valleys. In some wards as many as one in four of the working age population are on Incapacity Benefits.
What is Labour answer to the problem? Tougher test on who will qualify for the incapacity benefit to cut the number claiming the benefit by 20,000 a year. With Gordon Brown decision to change tax bands which would hit low-paid workers the hardest. Standard income tax was cut by two per cent to 20 per cent, but the lowest 10p band is being scrapped entirely. Council tax has gone up under Labour, petrol taxes have gone up under Labour. Labour promised no more boom and bust economy another promise broken. Old Labour was once accused of taxing the rich but New Labour taxes the poor.
Gordon Brown has come under renewed fire over his decision to change tax bands which would hit low-paid workers the hardest. Standard income tax was cut by two per cent to 20 per cent yesterday, but the lowest 10p band is being scrapped entirely. MPs said it was an "unreasonable" way to fund the government's other priorities. Households without children or people above 65 on annual income of less the £18,500 could lose out by £232 a year.