Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh has questioned the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the rates of error and fraud in child benefit. Afterwards he said,
“Benefit fraud is a serious issue, and I support the Secretary of State when he talks of the ‘downward pressure on fraud and error’ across his department.
“When people in the Gainsborough constituency are seeing benefits of all kinds, including child benefit, cut; it is important that the system is completely fair. It is grossly unfair that when people all around North Lincolnshire are seeing their family budgets squeezed, especially due to the withdrawal of child benefit, some people are fraudulently claiming money from taxpayers.
“I welcome the assertion by Iain Duncan Smith that he will be able to save ‘considerable amounts of money’ within his department, money that can be used to get the economy back on track and reduce the deficit.”
The measures to save the country £81bn over the next four years are generally positive. However, I have been vocal in my opposition to a number of cuts which I fear could pose a threat both to Gainsborough and the rest of the country. Read the rest of this entry »
I have listened to nearly thirty Budgets since I arrived in Parliament.
Usually, they are thoroughly depressing things to witness due to their lack of realism and honesty. No government wants to be blamed for tightening the screws on the nation that honoured it with their votes, so when money is to be saved, therefore, it is often through stealth taxes and fiscal mechanisms that are implied by the ethos of the budget, but never specifically asserted. However, I am satisfied that with this budget, George Osborne has laid his cards on the table and shown us what we must do to make Britain stand upright again. What you see is what you get. I see a lot of difficulty and pain, but no Wolf under the bed. Read the rest of this entry »
Over the last eight years, I have been the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, which is responsible for ensuring that your taxes are spent as efficiently as possible. I hope you will forgive me if I briefly share with you some grudges I have had about the way your taxes have been spent during this time. Read the rest of this entry »