You might ask why I’ve taken an interest in Mr Sharma over in Reading West. That’s my business.
How Alok Sharma voted on Welfare and Benefits
- Voted strongly for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”) Source
- Voted very strongly against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Source
- Voted very strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Source
- Voted very strongly for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support Source
- Voted strongly for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Source
- Voted very strongly against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed
As you can see Mr Sharma follows a long Tory tradition of voting to punish the vulnerable.
On the other hand he voted like this on Taxation issues
How Alok Sharma voted on Taxation and Employment
- Voted strongly for raising the threshold at which people start to pay income tax Source
- Voted strongly for increasing the rate of VAT Source
- Voted very strongly for higher taxes on alcoholic drinks Source
- Voted moderately for higher taxes on plane tickets Source
- Voted a mixture of for and against lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles Source
- Voted very strongly against increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000 Source
- Voted very strongly for encouraging occupational pensions Source
- Voted very strongly for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions Source
- Voted moderately against a banker’s bonus tax Source
- Voted strongly against an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (popularly known as a mansion tax) Source
- Voted moderately for allowing employees to exchange some employment rights for shares in the company they work for
He’s against increasing tax for those above £150k, and he’s not very keen taxing banker’s bonuses.
Make up your own mind.
Source: They Work For You