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July 29, 2013 5:53 PM

75% of council workers earn less than the benefits cap - Councillor Farooq Qureshi

Following the debate on the coalition welfare reforms at last Thursday's council meeting, it has emerged that 75% of council staff earn less than the £26,000 benefits cap.

The figures, which exclude those working for schools in the Borough, show that only 25% of council workers earn more than the £35,000 that someone would need to earn to take home £26,000.

At the meeting Labour claimed the cap was a 'London living tax' and was unfairly penalising London residents.

Lib Dem Deputy Group Leader Councillor Farooq Qureshi said:

"The welfare reforms are extremely difficult for some people in our Borough and as councillors we are on the front line of trying to help them.

"But Labour's claim that this is a "London living tax" just aren't credible when the majority of council workers take home less in their pay packets."

"The Labour Party are quick to campaign against the welfare reforms but refuse to put forward any alternatives. Ed Miliband supports capping welfare spending, so where will Labour's cuts come from?"