In full: What Jeremy Corbyn asked the Prime Minister during his first PMQs

David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn face off over the Despatch Box
David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn face off over the Despatch Box
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The questions Jeremy Corbyn asked the Prime Minister during his first Prime Minister’s Questions:

1) Jeremy Corbyn: “Do you think it’s acceptable that the mental health services in this country are on their knees at the present time?”

David Cameron: “We’ve made the commitment - a commitment I hope he will back, undoing previous Labour policy - we’ve backed the Stevens Plan for an extra £8 billion into the NHS in this Parliament, which can help to fund better mental health services, among other things.

“There are problems in some mental health services and it’s right we make that commitment.

“But I make this one point to him: We will not have a strong NHS unless we have a strong economy, and if the Labour party is going to go down the route of unlimited spending, unlimited borrowing, unlimited tax rates, printing money, they will wreck the economic security of our country and the family security of every family in our country.”

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2) Jeremy Corbyn: “I ask a question from Claire, who says this: “How is changing the thresholds of entitlement for tax credits going to help hard working people or families?’.”

David Cameron: “The country has to live within its means and we were left an unaffordable welfare system and a system where work didn’t pay. Let us not go back to the days of unlimited welfare.

“Labour’s position again today is to abolish the welfare cap.

“I say that a family that chooses to not work shouldn’t be better off than one that chooses to work.”

3) Jeremy Corbyn: “I’ve got a question from Steven, who works for a housing association who says that the cut in rents will mean the company he works for will lose 150 jobs by next March because of the loss of that funding to the housing association to carry on with repairs. Does the Prime Minister not think it’s time to reconsider the question of the funding of the administration of housing as well as of course the massive gap between what is needed and what is built?”

David Cameron: “I think for years in our country we had something of a merry-go-round where rent went up, housing benefit went up and so tax had to go up to pay for that.

“I think it was right in the budget to cut the rents that social tenants pay not least because those people that are working and not on housing benefit will see a further increase in their take home pay and be able to afford more things in life.

“It’s vital though that we reform housing associations and make sure they are more efficient. Frankly they are a part of the public sector that hasn’t been though efficiencies and haven’t improved their performance and I think it’s about time that they did.”

4) Jeremy Corbyn: “Paul, for example, says this very heartfelt question: ‘Why is the Government taking tax credits away from families? We need this money to survive, so our children don’t suffer. Paying rent and council tax on a low income doesn’t leave you much.Tax credits play a vital role and more is needed to stop us having to be reliant on food banks to survive’.”

David Cameron said: “What we need is a country where work pays. What our proposals do are reform welfare but at the same time bring in a national living wage, which will mean anyone on the lowest rate of pay will get a £20 a week pay rise next year.”

5) Jeremy Corbyn: “2500 people emailed me about the housing crisis. Marie asked: ‘What does the Government intend to do about affordable housing and extortionate rents charged by some private sector landlords in this country?

David Cameron: “We do need to deliver more affordable housing in the future. I recognise much more needs to be done. That means carrying on with more reforms of the planning system. Above all it means continuing to support the aspirations of people to be able to afford their own home which is where Help to Buy comes in. We won’t get Britain building unless we keep the economy going.”