MP hits out at policies

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell.

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A county MP has hit out at the prime minister after it was revealed that more than 4,000 working families in the north east are still in need of housing benefit.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell slammed David Cameron’s speech to the British Chamber of Commerce as a “cynical ploy to hide the true effect of economic policies”, which he says “provide a hidden subsidy to encourage some employers to underpay their staff”.

In figures released by the Labour party, 4,076 working families claim housing benefit because their income is low, which is a year-on-year increase since the coalition government took over in 2010.

Mr Campbell said: “It’s time the ConDems came clean about their true plans for the north east.

“Economic policies are entrenching low pay as a competitive advantage and that means the tax payer is subsidising employers who are putting private profit ahead of their employees ‘wellbeing’.”