LETTER: Welfare cuts

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Steve Martin stated, in the June 18 edition of the Herald, that the EU gave £67 billion to fund research.

That £6.7 billion came out of the £20 billion we paid in tax to the EU.

Each year, the Government fills out a tax return.

Income, such as tax paid to Inland Revenue, VAT, customs duty etc, is taxable by the EU.

The £6.7 billion is a tax credit.

The remaining £12 billion or so is for the EU to finance salaries, expense accounts etc, in Brussels.

Before the £20 billion was paid to the EU, we had the £6.7 billion for research.

We also had the £12 billion needed for welfare.

If anyone is unhappy with the Government having to cut £12 billion from welfare, take it up with Brussels, not Westminster.

Lester Orman

Whitelot Close

Southwick

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