MP stands by his 'Benefits Street' in every constituency comments

BENEFITS: There is a benefits street in every constituency, said MP Simon Hart.  (3527082)

BENEFITS: There is a benefits street in every constituency, said MP Simon Hart. (3527082)

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MP Simon Hart has defended his claim that every constituency in Britain has its own ‘benefits street’.

Mr Hart made the comment in the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Question Time, when he raised concerns over the welfare state which is portrayed in the Channel 4 programme Benefits Street.

The Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP told PM David Cameron that “sadly” there was a ‘benefits street’ in “every constituency in the land”.

Speaking to the Western Telegraph afterwards, Mr Hart said he was happy to stand by the comment he had made.

“However, I am going to stop short of saying where my constituency’s ‘benefits street’ is,” he added. “I would rather not say.”

Mr Hart continued: “Everybody I meet and know, whether they are in politics or not, is aware that there is a little corner in their area where this is a potential problem.

“It may only be three houses, but they exist, and we would be kidding ourselves if we were to say otherwise.”

He emphasised that the benefits system should not be a ‘lifestyle choice’ but should be there for those in need of it.

However, he accepted that some people had become trapped in the benefits system, and that it was important to get them out of this.

“If we can release people from the trap, then hopefully we will be able to provide more benefits for those who really deserve them.

“We need a re-balancing act, to make sure that the system is as fair as it can be. Our task as a government is to try and do whatever we can to rectify the situation.”

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3:26pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Electra1 says...

It's not very often we hear from him is it?
It's not very often we hear from him is it? Electra1
  • Score: 5

5:15pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Cymru bach says...

MP's with all their benefits and perks have a face to complain about sick and disabled people on benefit who might have to survive for a week on what an MP can claim in a day.

The vast majority of the welfare spending is on old age pensions, where people have worked and contributed all their lives. the trouble is that governments in the past have spent all the contributions and didn't save them to pay today's pensions.

Has someone looked at how much 'benefits' the Royal Family get through the Civil List? Only this week we read reports of William and Kate setting up companies to profit from their image rights, this on top of the huge sum they get from the taxpayers of this country.

Simon Hart MP surely has more important things to ask the Prime Minister during PM'qs than this attempt to climb the Conservative party greasy pole.
MP's with all their benefits and perks have a face to complain about sick and disabled people on benefit who might have to survive for a week on what an MP can claim in a day. The vast majority of the welfare spending is on old age pensions, where people have worked and contributed all their lives. the trouble is that governments in the past have spent all the contributions and didn't save them to pay today's pensions. Has someone looked at how much 'benefits' the Royal Family get through the Civil List? Only this week we read reports of William and Kate setting up companies to profit from their image rights, this on top of the huge sum they get from the taxpayers of this country. Simon Hart MP surely has more important things to ask the Prime Minister during PM'qs than this attempt to climb the Conservative party greasy pole. Cymru bach
  • Score: 6

7:08pm Mon 20 Jan 14

chizy says...

No s**t Sherlock, whatever next? Night following day and vice versa maybe?

Anyway it's good to see you 'Working For Pembrokeshire' Simon.

Keep on stating the bleedin' obvious to justify the 11%.
No s**t Sherlock, whatever next? Night following day and vice versa maybe? Anyway it's good to see you 'Working For Pembrokeshire' Simon. Keep on stating the bleedin' obvious to justify the 11%. chizy
  • Score: 5

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