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Tory Minister Chloe Smith tells Bolton women to make 280-mile daily trip to Sunderland for work

by | 8th, March 2012

CHLOE Smith, a Conservative Treasury minister and MP for Norwich North, is in touch with her region:

David Crausby MP introduced a woman from his Bolton constituency who complained that her hours as a care worked for the Care Association had been reduced from 28 to 20 per week. One problem is that couples must now work 24 instead of 16 hours per week to be eligible for tax credits.

Crausby asks Smith: “What advice would the minister give to my constituent other than stop work and go on benefits?”

Ms Smith: “I would be sure that his constituent in that case, takes a very clear look around at the opportunities available throughout the economy. Honourable members need only to hear this morning’s announcement, for example from Nissan – somewhere near the honourable member’s constituency – to know that there is work available.”

Sunderland is 140 miles from Bolton.

And, no, travel is not free…

Spotter: Karen

Stupid cow.



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