People on minimum wage shouldn’t have to pay a single penny in income tax according the region’s UKIP Euro MP Jonathan Arnott.
The comments came following a visit to a Redcar foodbank where he met volunteers working for a foodbank associated with the Trussell Trust.
Arnott said “It was fantastic to see some of the incredible work that volunteers at a foodbank in Redcar were undertaking, and how they have given support to hundreds of people in just a matter of months.
“However, whilst it is clear that there are plenty of people at a grassroots level that are doing their utmost to support their communities, politicians are failing to deliver.
“It was clear on my visit that a high proportion of those who are using a foodbank are employed and earning a wage, and it seems scandalous to me that this figure is rising by the day.
Most recent figures from the Trussell Trust show that foodbanks across the North East supported nearly 60,000 people between 2013-14, with nearly 40% of the figure being children.
“Many people fall victim to the overcomplicated welfare system which was created by the previous Labour government. The solution? Simplify our tax and benefits system and increase the tax threshold so no one on the minimum wage pays a penny piece in income tax”.