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Can Tories claim to be the party of good financial management any more ?

We seem to be nearing the crunch on Brexit, though the prospects for a happy settlement don’t seem good. The Tories used to brag they were the party of good financial management, but that will clearly no longer hold water. They have got us into a right mess on the Brexit front with potential for dire consequences for the economy, said they wanted us to stay in but held a referendum that predictably didn’t go that way. Labour didn’t help as they really turn up (to use a football term) for the debate.

Add to which most people seem now to recognise that public spending was squeezed too hard, leaving local councils near impossible tasks to manage whilst coping with an ageing population and the Universal Benefits project being seriously misjudged..
So we may get an announcement soon on a proposed deal which the governing party may throw out, if so we shall be in an even worse mess.

Our feeling on a non-party dogmatic basis is that if a deal emerges the PM should be supported, and lets move on. Otherwise the Tories will be at risk of not being trusted for a long time to come.

Universal Benefit System in deep water again


Universal Benefits IT system in trouble

The Labour MP for north west Durham has asked Theresa May whether the rollout of Universal Credit is a matter of “gross incompetence or calculated cruelty”, as Labour MPs applied further pressure on welfare reform.

Laura Pidcock was among those to raise the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions, as the Government prepares to face a Labour-led debate on the benefit in the Commons.

The Prime Minister said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was listening to concerns and improvements were being made to the system, which rolls a number of benefits into a single payment.

Universal Credit is not just a benefit for jobseekers, it is for people in work to subsidise their low pay, for carers and for those that cannot work.

My constituents in North West Durham have endured the brunt of austerity for many years.

Now the DWP proposes to rollout the Universal Credit system in my constituency over Christmas, the toughest financial time for residents.

My question for the Prime Minister is this. Is the rollout a matter of gross incompetence or calculated cruelty?”

– LAURA PIDCOCK, NORTH WEST DURHAM MP

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