Tory MP and former Cabinet minister, Peter Lilley, has stated that the £190 one-off payment for pregnant women is a waste of money, reports the Mirror.
Since April, mums-to-be have received a one-off sum of £190 to help them provide for their unborn baby. Peter Lilley said, “I am generally in favour of feeding expectant mothers every kind of nutrient that they could need, but there was no support for the measure, and it was badly timed and badly focused. It was a pure gimmick but it will cost £120million.” Ouch!
When Peter Lilley has social security secretary, he once mocked benefit claimants, and in his infamous speech in 1992 he lashed out at single mums.
Labour has said his latest comments make a joke out of David Cameron’s claims that the Tories have been modernised.
Labour MP Sally Keeble said there was clear evidence that supporting pregnant women helped babies and tackled the problems of babies born with a low birth weight.
“The Tories are misguided in attacking projects for vulnerable women. Their efforts to be family friendly are completely undermined by one man standing up and criticising programmes to help women. If prominent politicians stand up and criticise a grant like this, then it can be very dangerous and also profoundly damaging,” she said.
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