BRITAIN DECLARES REFORMS ON WELFARE BENEFITS – British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is announcing that this is the ‘Big Day’ for reforming the welfare system as it announced that the unemployed will no longer receive more in benefits that a working family.
While Labour openly opposed the move, which was to be expected, the plan is already showing signs of positive movement as over 8,000 people stop claiming benefits and finds work.
A new benefits cap of £26,000 a year is in force, which is, according to Government figures, the average household earnings.
The new rules have yet to be rolled out across the United Kingdom instead the Government have targeted key areas with high unemployment levels. Many people are voicing their approval as thousands find work and are no longer a burden to the taxpayer.
Labour has opposed the plan as ‘singling out the poor’ as families in certain areas, such as London, are going to be hit the hardest. Under the new rules a limit of £500 a week for couples and £350 a week for single people has been imposed; which the Government feels is a fair move for all working families and taxpayers.
Figures that are being released show that the average unemployed couple will lose £93.00 per week and that half of those affected are lone parents while nearly 40% are couples with children.
In a recent survey it was revealed that one family in ten had ten or more children that the state was providing for and that the taxpayer was tired of supporting those with little or no intention to work but rather continue having more children in order to claim more. The recent case of Mick Philpott gave fuel to the changes that the public have been demanding for so long.
This new system will finally provide a clear incentive for those unemployed to seek gainful employment and instead of being a burden on society they become contributors. It is only fair to the taxpayer that the Government continues to find new ways to reform the welfare system.
“The days of outrageous claims giving people incomes far above hard working families are over.” Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary
There is a clear case that society and the welfare system should, and must, support those who are in real need but simply handing money over to people who are too lazy to work is something that can no longer be accepted by the British taxpayer.
So how much will the Government save, or should we say the taxpayer? The Government is showing a health saving of over £275 million in the 2013 / 2014 period which covers the unemployment benefits, jobseekers allowance, housing benefit, child benefit and child tax credit.
The Government announced that there will be exemptions such as those on Working Tax Credits or Disability Allowance in order to make the system fairer to those who genuinely are trying to work and those who cannot work due to disabilities.
While there are those who feel that these reforms are not fair and that the Government is simply trying to cover up its failings for boosting the economy, others feel these welfare reforms are long overdue.