ST PAUL’S councillor Ben Powell has condemned David Cameron’s plans to cut benefits for jobless families, describing them as a ‘kick in the teeth’ to hard-working Ellesmere Port residents.
This week the Prime Minister announced proposals for a major Government shake-up which would axe housing benefits for families with more than three children as part of a drive to slash £10bn from the welfare bill.
The overhaul could also see people under 25 lose the right to housing benefit, as Mr Cameron claims there are certain parts of society that can do without the taxpayer’s support.
But Cllr Powell, Labour spokesman for regeneration, has criticised the ‘shambolic’ plans and said they were an ‘attack’ on hardworking people like those in Ellesmere Port.
He said: “After a series of shambolic events, David Cameron is now left trying to claw back the support of his own back-benchers rather than concentrating on creating the jobs and growth that the country needs.
“They smack of desperation and are another kick in the teeth to many decent, hard-working people in Ellesmere Port who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.
“When we have many times more unemployed people than job vacancies, it is plain wrong to simply target those who are out of work.
“Rather than dreaming of winning a majority in 2015, the Prime Minister needs to tackle the problems that we are facing today.
“If we were really all in it together, his speech would have been about what we can do to deal with the tax evasion that costs us billions each year rather than yet another attack on people who are struggling.”
The Prime Minister also hinted at plans for new restrictions on jobseeker's allowance that will encourage unemployed people to do more to find work, and is expected to outline his views in a speech on welfare next month.