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New Tory poster --- Labour are voting to increase benefits by more than workers' wages

By Tim Montgomerie
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It's not the most extensive poster campaign in political history but Grant Shapps has placed this poster on six poster sites across London - to coincide with Tuesday's Commons vote on benefits uprating. The message is very clear...


The poster develops an argument that the Tory Chairman made in Monday's Independent:

"The benefits system has needed attention for a long time. The last Labour government spent billions on welfare, but their approach lacked results. During that administration, welfare spending increased by 60 per cent, but that increase was never reflected in the number of people getting back to work. In fact there were half a million more unemployed people by the time Labour left office, compared to when Blair was elected."

Labour claim that many of the benefits being squeezed are received by soldiers, nurses and teachers.