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Welfare reforms under spotlight

Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a debate today on reforming the Welfare system.

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Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood condemns welfare reform proposals

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.

The UK Government is working hard to create an anti benefits culture. But it makes no sense to cut support to people when there are so few jobs and opportunities available to them. I and my Plaid Cymru colleagues are seeing more and morer people coming to us for help because they have lost their benefits and introducing regional benefit levels will mean that even more people will struggle to cope in Wales. Introducing regional benefit levels would create low pay areas, institutionalise low ambition and punch a hole in the local economy.

– Leanne Wood AM , Leader of Plaid Cymru

She went on to call on the First Minister Carwyn Jones AM to protect the people of Wales from the proposals:

Today the civil service unions have been out on strike against job cuts. The PCS union has pointed out that tax evasion costs the UK £120 billion each year. Tackling this would be a much more effective exercise for the Government, but it seems that they are more interested in persecuting benefit claimants than the tax evaders among the elite.

How will Wales' First Minister make good his promise to protect the people of Wales from cuts to welfare provision? Too many people are already struggling in Wales yet Cameron's latest pronouncements threaten to push them harder.

– Leanne Wood AM , Leader of Plaid Cymru

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