8 unpopular policies Corbyn can ask about at the next PMQs

Louis Dor
Wednesday 16 September 2015 13:30
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On the day of Jeremy Corbyn's first Prime Minister's Questions, he called for a more civil, new PMQ's which holds the government to account.

With this in mind, here are some of the Conservative's least popular policies, supposedly ripe for criticism with the support of the general public.

The Conservatives have enjoyed a majority government for 132 days, here's a few things Corbyn can go after in the next 132.

1. Snooper’s charter:

The Draft Communications Data Bill, blocked by the Lib Dems in the previous government, is now back on the agenda thanks to the Conservative majority.

The bill, which aims to increase oversight and access for investigation into serious crime, however many critics believe the bill to be draconian and questionable.

A survey by YouGov found that 71 per cent did not trust that data would be kept secure and half described the bill as “bad value for money”, compared to only 12 per cent who called it good value.

2. Welfare Reform and Work Bill:

In a YouGov survey 42 per cent believed that welfare benefit cuts were the wrong thing to do in principle, compared to only 40 per cent who believed they were the right thing to do.

Astoundingly, Labour decided not to oppose the legislation under Harriet Harman's leadership, resulting in an outcry from some supporters that the party had lost its voice.

Corbyn is expected to overturn the previous party line of support for the bill, and will now "oppose the Welfare Bill in full."

He said:

We oppose the benefit cap. We oppose social cleansing.

3. Arms sales and DSEI:

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Seventy per cent of UK adults believe the UK should not promote arms sales to Governments with poor human rights and only 7 per cent support sales.

Government statistics show that, at present, two thirds of all UK arms exports go the Middle East. The largest buyer is Saudi Arabia, which the Coalition licensed over £3.9 billion worth of arms to.

Meanwhile, 30,000 people are coming to London for the worlds biggest arms fair, DSEI, 10,000 more than the amount of refugees the government wishes to take on over five years.

4. University tuition fees:

At the last election, 49 per cent were polled by YouGov as in favour of a cut to tuition fees, with only 31 per cent opposed to the idea of a cut.

Despite popular opinion being against the Conservatives current policy of £9,000 fees, they have not ruled out raising the cost in future.

5. Housing and Bedroom Tax:

The unpopular bedroom tax, which 49 per cent opposed last year, compared to 41 per cent supporting it, will not be scrapped.

In addition Right to Buy, a policy which only 28 per cent support and 57 per cent oppose, will be extended.

6. Free schools:

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The policy to open 500 new free schools in this parliament has been reaffirmed, despite only 28 per cent support and 46 per cent opposition in public opinion during the election.

Ofsted and the Education Select Committee still say it is too early to take a view on the quality of education provided by free schools, however the system has had harsh critics.

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said there is a “growing body of evidence that the government is pursuing the wrong policies whilst ignoring the very real challenges facing schools. David Cameron's claim that free schools are likely to perform better than other schools is ludicrous.”

7. Tax credits:

Some three million families will lose around £1,000 a year, having been approved by the Commons after a threatened Conservative rebellion, a move which 47 per cent opposed and 39 per cent thought should be frozen.

The shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Seema Malhotra, said it was “arguably the biggest single cut to families’ income ever implemented by a government”.

8. Disability scheme:

The Department for Work and Pensions’ Access to work scheme aims to halve the disability employment gap so that hundreds of thousands more disabled people will work.

However, Iain Duncan Smith has introduced a policy which will reduce payments from the scheme, capped on a per-used basis which will potentially hit those with more serious disabilities the hardest.

The cuts to the scheme, which the charity Disability UK say actually makes the government money, will come in October.

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