Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has criticised Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb for his comments on welfare reform.

The Wales Office Minister has delivered a speech in Cardiff on welfare reform and has visited Bargoed in Mr David’s Parliamentary constituency of Caerphilly.

The Minister has extolled the virtues of the Government’s welfare reform programme. But Wayne David has attacked the Government for introducing reforms which are “unfair” and for deliberately creating an economy based on low paid, part-time work and zero-hour contracts.

Wayne David said, “Reform of welfare is vital, but it must be done fairly. The bedroom tax is one of the most unfair reforms the Government has introduced and the roll-out of Universal Credit is a disaster. Universal Credit is supposed to be the flagship welfare reform, but its introduction is shambolic. There is a particular concern in the Valleys because many people do not have access to the internet and applications for benefit have to be done online.

“Labour is firmly of the view that ‘work must pay’, but this Government is pushing people into poorly paid and part-time employment, so that many people in work still rely on benefits because of their low income.”

Mr David concluded by saying, “What is needed is a fair welfare reform programme, linked to a plan to create good quality, well paid jobs”.

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