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PM accused of taking from poor

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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SWANSEA West MP Geraint Davies has accused the Prime Minister of "taking from the poor and giving to the rich".

Mr Davies challenged David Cameron during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions.

He said: "The Office for Budget Responsibility tells us that the bankers will pay £500 million less for the bankers tax than the Prime Minister promised last year, yet in April he will inflict a £500 million cut on the poorest through the second empty bedroom tax.

"How can he justify taking from the poor and giving to the rich?"

In response, Mr Cameron said the Government had introduced the bank levy.

He added: "We think that that is a better answer than a one-off bonus tax. The bank levy will, of course, be paid every year, so it will raise considerably more than a one-off bonus tax.

"What my right honourable friend the Chancellor has done when the bank levy has not come up to the figures that we require is increase the bank levy to make sure that they do."

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  • siarad2  |  February 08 2013, 7:56PM

    @Neathboy234 It's not a tax simply removing benefits no longer needed, he's accommodated by the MOD. Presumably this man is a Territorial & I think in such cases a abatement may be appropriate but how come they are all on benefits. Serving in the RAF & shipped to Malaysia I lost two weeks leave & the special pay I had for working two trades so was that a tax, I still did both duties but no officer of sufficient rank was available to so sign. It was an undeclared war like Afghanistan so we served under the rules of war but were subject to civilian law, like N Ireland & Afghanistan etc. Killing an enemy could be classed as murder & has been! It's time we stopped sending troops into undeclared wars where forces fight but are classed as civilians.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 08 2013, 1:44PM

    It was brought up in PM's question time yesterday the case of a woman who would have to pay this bedroom tax when her twin son's go off to Afghanistan to fight. A strange situation, amusing some might say

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  • siarad2  |  February 08 2013, 1:09PM

    'To each according to needs' isn't that socialism, surely Socialist Wales should rejoice. What need has a single person for three bedrooms, there may be a requirement, to be paid for, but not need.

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  • thomastdout  |  February 08 2013, 12:27PM

    If you are a single person living in a three bedroom house, what the problem in moving to a one bedroom flat.

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  • siarad2  |  February 08 2013, 12:05PM

    Me too

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  • JohnSW4  |  February 08 2013, 10:08AM

    Geraint Davies Well done that man!But while you are at it ask Gordon Brown for my Pension money" My Money that I worked and paid in for" Please!

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