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Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire Glyn Davies has welcomed the debate on the current welfare system, saying there are issues that 'must be addressed'.
He explained: "A lot of people are very concerned because they're working hard, doing the right thing and paying tax.. and then somebody else is just living on benefits and not being prepared to work.
"There is a real issue there we've got to look at, and what David Cameron has done is begin a debate about this."
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says that the party is completely opposed to the introduction of regional benefit rates. She's claiming that it will institutionalise poverty in some areas of Wales.
She went on to call on the First Minister Carwyn Jones AM to protect the people of Wales from the proposals:
Plaid Cymru's Hywel Williams MP has given his response to the Prime Minister's welfare reform comments:
Wales Office Minister David Jones MP has been defending the Prime Minister's decision to open up debate on the future of the benefits system. Mr Jones said,
A Welsh Government spokesperson has given us this response to the debate on whether there should be regional rates of benefits:
The Welsh Government spokesman went on to say
Having floated the idea that benefits claimants in different parts of the UK might receive different rates of payment, David Cameron has put his Conservative colleagues in the Assembly in a difficult position. They've already said they're opposed to a similar proposal for public sector pay rates.
The statement below from a Welsh Conservative spokesman doesn't say explicitly that Andrew RT Davies' group would come against regional benefits, but you don't have to read too much between the lines to guess that they probably will. Here's the statement:
Being in one of the coalition parties hasn't put off Welsh Liberal Democrats from making their opposition to David Cameron's idea of introducing different rates of benefit payments depending on the areas in which you live from A Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:
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Questions and concerns about the effect on Wales of Prime Minister's radical ideas for the benefits system.