Comment: Wales receives £3,000 per household more in benefits than it pays in taxes

July 15, 2013 1:48 PM

Commenting on the news that Wales receives £3,000 per household more in benefits than it pays in taxes, Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, has said;

"More than a decade of Labour rule led to an increasingly unequal United Kingdom. Labour was happy to sit back and concentrate on London, rather than support areas that need help the most.

"These figures are very disappointing. The fact is that we urgently need to be getting people into jobs here in Wales. The Liberal Democrats in government have helped business create more than a million private sector jobs, and now we're working to help create a million more. But we need the Welsh Labour Government to pull its weight too, otherwise Wales will simply fall further behind. We can't allow that to happen.

"The Liberal Democrats recognise that times are incredibly tough for people at the moment. That is why we raised the tax-threshold, so that 130,000 of the lowest paid workers in Wales will not pay a single penny of income tax. Over a million people in Wales will receive a tax cut of £700. Our priority is building a stronger economy and a fairer society, so that everyone has the opportunity to get on in life."

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