Baroness attack on families branded 'nonsense'
A housing association vice-president withdrew an attempt to cut benefit for larger families after a Labour peer accused her of talking ‘nonsense’.
Baroness Shreela Flather, vice-president of Viridian Housing, tabled an amendment to the welfare reform bill which would slash benefit for families with three or four children.
She has previously said Bangladeshi and Pakistani families have children in order to have benefits, although on Monday she added ‘many’ white families and Somalis to the list.
She said: ‘There are people in this country who have many children, and it is innocent to think that they would keep having those children were they not helped by the benefits system.’
Baroness Flather went on to say that the aspirations of Bangladeshis and Pakistanis ‘do not come up to the same level’ as the aspirations of Indians.
Labour peer Lord William McKenzie said: ‘My Lords, I do not wish to be unkind, but we do not have to subject ourselves to this nonsense, do we? This is absolutely outrageous. ‘