Tory minister ‘wasn’t consulted’ by Welsh Gov on £100 support for low income households
A Tory cabinet minster has suggested he wasn’t consulted about the Welsh Government’s planned £100 winter payout to low income households.
Simon Hart, the Welsh Secretary said the decision “hasn’t come across my desk”, in response to the news of the £51m package of support to help families facing the cost-of-living crisis to pay their bills this winter.
The Welsh Government’s Finance Minister, Rebecca Evans said the payment won’t affect the benefits or tax of any families that claim it when it was announced.
She said that the Welsh Government had been in talks with the UK Government to make sure it won’t lead to any unintended consequences.
Earlier this year a Welsh Government bonus payment to care workers of £500 was taxed at a Westminster level because the Conservative government refused to exempt it.
Simon Hart told ITV Wales: “We have been here before with Welsh government on previous occasions where they announced a sort of handout figure, and then said afterwards, retrospectively, ‘by the way, please don’t tax it.’
“The Treasury always get quite frustrated when they are asked to retrospectively adjust… particularly where legislation is needed – they can’t just exempt people from income tax without passing the necessary law.
“So it was news to me, put it this way, that she has asked the Treasury for special dispensation in this area.
“She may have done but it hasn’t come across my desk, but it has in the past. And in the past, it’s always been rather late in the day and after the announcement was made and they’re putting the Treasury in an impossible position.”
Rebecca Evans, Minster for Finance and Local Government said: “Families across Wales are facing a real cost-of-living crisis thanks to rising prices and cuts to key benefit payments.
“To help tackle these unprecedented challenges, we are making £51m available to develop our own bespoke Household Support Fund to help with some of the costs families are facing.
“Where Westminster has failed to support families, the Welsh Government will step in and back our communities through this challenging period.”
The first phase of the Household Support Fund will target heating and eating – providing families with extra help to pay their energy bills over the winter and giving extra funding to foodbanks and community food schemes.
It comes as the UK Government in Westminster has refused to reverse its £20 cut in Universal Credit for tens of thousands of families and the Bank of England is warning inflation will rise to 5% by the spring, pushing prices even higher.
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Blah blah same old nonsense from Hart
Perhaps no-one has consulted you because you are irrelevant ?
No one in Wales voted to put him in the position he is in. His position is undemocratic and he is being allowed to make decisions on our country.He’s not even Welsh ffs.
Tories hate the thought of handing money to the ‘undeserving poor’.
SImon can well afford the tax liability that his party at Westminster1 will impose on the poorest in Wales.
It is alleged that he received over 94000 pounds from the Country Side Alliance to facilitate his entry to Westminster as a bung for supporting fox hunting which was on David Cameron’s agenda
Time to go Simon in the interests of the people of Wales
Kick this English gift Simon Hard out of wales 🏴 how can the people of wales 🏴 vote for this idiot stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh it’s time for a new wales 🏴
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Quick ! Hand it out before Hart and his grubby lot find a way to take some of it !
Sorry Simon. Your party is taking £80 Universal Credit away from struggling Welsh families whilst increasing National Insurance. If our democratically elected government deems it suitable to give ones on low income £100 is nothing to do with you or your idiocracy in London. It our money from our block. So do us all a favour, go crawl back under your stone. Did you consult the Welsh Government and Pembrokeshire Council when over 300 suffering migrants at the height of the Covid pandemic were placed in a rundown ex-Army barracks with no PPE, then sent rate payers the bill. No.… Read more »
Boris Johnson’s poodle say no more
I do wish you’d call him the secretary of state for Wales.
Putting the ‘Welsh’ 1st makes it sound like he’s one of our own.
Suggest Simon talks TO the WG rather than AT them ?
I wish people wouldn’t jump to conclusions. Maybe Hart was going to suggest dishing out £200 or even more per household given that he’s so generous with public funds !! Must dash just saw a pig fly by.
AS the saying goes: “When we want your opinion, we’ll pull your arm off and beat you with the soggy end”
Why should we consult him? The tories have no electoral mandate in Wales.