He attacked the SNP for wanting the poor, hard-pressed taxpayer “to pay for more and more and more”.
Posts Tagged: Poverty
Mark Garnier: I have never voted against the Government before. But the proposed cut to foreign aid leaves me with no choice.
My colleagues and I were elected on a promise to uphold our aid commitment. Breaking my word is a very big deal.
Frank Young: Today’s Commons debates, why measuring relative poverty doesn’t work – and what Ministers should do instead
The Prime Minster could do worse than dust down the Social Justice Outcomes Framework published by the Coalition Government.
Will Quince: While we get help to people in need, Starmer calls for some of it to be scrapped – with no replacement plan
Labour would abolish Universal Credit, which has coped well with the unprecedented pressures of this unprecedented last year.
Until Ministers have a clear direction in which to steer the ship of anti-poverty policy, they will be at the mercy of the passengers.
The lesson of the last year is poorer communities are much more vulnerable to the next virus or health emergency.
Esther McVey: We should honour our manifesto commitment to close the digital divide. Especially during this time of Covid.
The levelling up agenda depends upon nation-wide digital inclusivity. If we give up on this, we will be trying to deliver it with one hand held behind our back.
There is deprivation and lower educational attainment in the southern new towns, coastal communities, inner cities and rural coldspots.
Reducing their length will help close this attainment gap, while reducing the burden on working families.
Robert Halfon: This time round, let’s keep the schools open – and not risk an epidemic of education poverty
And if the Chief Medical Officer says that the situation is rapidly becoming much worse, and that urgent action is needed, who am I to argue?
The first in a mini-series of pieces from the Centre for Social Justice on Covid-19 – and helping those in deep poverty.
Introducing a series this week on ConservativeHome with the Centre for Social Justice about the pandemic and fairness
We need a long-term poverty strategy and a Social Justice Cabinet Committee. And here’s a Christmas holiday plan for childrens’ food.
Philippa Stroud: The Coalition stopped officially measuring poverty – which left its successor unsighted over free schools meals
We are allowing others to create a narrative for us, and in the absence of an agreed poverty measure and subsequent strategy, we always will.
Ryan Bourne: If you want to feed hungry children, don’t target food poverty. Aim to reduce poverty as a whole.
Together with tax cuts and less regulation, higher or more extensive benefits look like better support for hungry children than vouchers.
Paul Maynard: Our political problem with free school meals isn’t happening by accident. We are failing to focus on life chances.
We don’t just need to build back better with economic policy, but use the challenges of the pandemic to address social concerns too.