Rachel Reeves MP

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

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Rachel's response to David Cameron's "moral crusade" on welfare

Ten facts you need to know about David Cameron's "moral mission"

David Cameron says his welfare changes have given people "hope".

But his self-described "moral mission" on welfare has been a disaster. For the first time more people in poverty are in work than out of work.

Here are ten facts you need to know about David Cameron's "moral mission":

 

1. Two thirds of the 660,000 people hit by David Cameron's hated "bedroom tax" are disabled, and 60,000 are carers.


2. The number of young people left on unemployment benefits for over a year has doubled since the election.


3. The number of adults left on unemployment benefits for over two years has quadrupled since the election.


4. Millions have been wasted on David Cameron's flagship welfare reform Universal Credit, with £225,000 spent for every person receiving it at the end of last year.


5. Child poverty is set to rise by 400,000 under David Cameron's government, and 900,000 by the end of the decade.


6. Women have been hit twice as hard as men by changes to benefits and tax credits under David Cameron's government


7. More than 500,000 people were referred to food banks for emergency help between April and December last year - more than ten times as many as in 2009-10.


8. For the first time since relevant records began more households living in poverty are in work than out of work.


9. Changes to rules on working tax credits have left some families with children better off out of work and cuts to childcare support mean that families have lost up to £1,500 a year.


10. The number of people who want to work full time but can only get a part time job has risen by 350,000 under this government and the number of people earning less than a living wage has risen from 3.6 million in 2010 to 4.8 million in 2012 and is now more than 5 million.

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