I appreciate that there is much public concern about tax credits. My view is that there is a good case for reform of the payment which is not sustainable in its present form. The cost of tax credits is now £30 billion having had an original estimate of £4 billion. It has also not achieved its purpose of relieving in-work poverty. Indeed, the proportion of children in poverty living in a working family rose from 54% in 2009–10 to 63% by 2013–14.
The UK maintains one of the most rigorous and transparent arms export control systems in the world; all applications for licences to export military and dual use equipment are assessed on a case by case basis, against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.
Bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our natural environment. I welcome the work the Government has done over the last few years to understand and protect them, most recently through the National Pollinator Strategy.
The increase in MPs pay follows an independent review into the financial remuneration of MPs. I appreciate the increase appears out of step with demands for public sector pay restraint. The process for determining MPs renumeration has been taken out of the hands of MPs, after the expenses scandal, and made the sole responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). IPSA conducted a review of MPs salary level and decided that it should be at a higher level.
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