UK – Benefits to be replaced with Universal Credits

Now here’s the right idea, too bad this country doesn’t try the same.  In Britain, the welfare system is about to be reborn.  Millions of welfare recipients are about to see their benefits scrapped, and replaced with a single universal credit.  Under the new changes, housing, income support, and dozens of other payments will be swept away in a major reform programme intended to break the culture of welfare dependency by making work pay.  Simply put – go to work, earn your pay, don’t depend on handouts.

This new idea will try to get through to people that they would be better off working, earning a living instead of depending on government handouts.  And claimants then will be able to keep more of their take home pay.  Mr. Duncan Smith says his plan will save millions in the long run, when it comes to welfare.  But the Treasury is opposing him.  Chancellor George Osborne has made clear that the cost of benefits must come down to cushion the impact of the cuts on other frontline public services.     Independent

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) would be able to claim upfront a “large chunk” of the £9 billion annual savings which Mr Duncan Smith believes the new system will achieve through lower administration costs and reduced fraud.  

A DWP spokesman said: “We are working closely with the Treasury and any decisions will be made in the context of the spending review.   “We are all agreed on the urgent need to reform the welfare system and help more people into work and off benefits.”      Independent

The Defence Secretary has warned that the “draconian” cuts facing the services would have “grave consequences” for the Conservative Party and the Government, but his concerns were brushed aside yesterday by David Cameron who said his fears were “unfounded”.  Ministers need to tell us which it is and where the money is coming from. They support going further on benefit reform, but it must be done in a sensible way to help people into work and keep people out of poverty.



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    Chancellor confirms ‘agreement’ on benefits overhaul

    Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed there will be a major overhaul of the benefits system with a new universal credit introduced.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron urges perspective on cuts

    Prime Minister David Cameron has urged people to put public spending cuts “into perspective” as he confirmed plans for big welfare changes.

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    No change to housing benefit plan – Cameron

    David Cameron has insisted the government is sticking to planned housing benefit cuts after Labour claimed the policy was in disarray.

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    Johnson benefit comments attacked

    Ministers have criticised Boris Johnson for saying he would not allow “Kosovo-style social cleansing” in London, amid a row over housing benefit reforms.

    It is cleansing. You are cleaning out the dead beats.

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    MPs debate controversial Housing Benefit changes

    MPs are debating a plan to cap Housing Benefit payments, amid claims it will force many people out of their homes.

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    Disability benefit cuts ‘could breach law’

    Plans to cut disability benefits could breach human rights laws, the government has been warned.


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    Ken Clarke warns middle class over cuts

    The middle classes are unaware of the scale of government spending cuts that will hit them this year, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has said.


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    Welfare overhaul to be outlined by ministers

    The government is to set out how it intends to overhaul the welfare system to try to make work pay better and to tackle the “benefit culture”.


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    Childcare support ‘extended to 80,000 more families’

    Parents on low incomes who are working less than 16 hours a week will be eligible for childcare support from 2013, under new government plans.


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