David Cameron suggests cutting housing benefit for under-25s
Prime Minster David Cameron has suggested that people under the age of 25 could lose the right to housing benefit, as part of moves to cut the welfare bill. Good idea, make them go to work instead. Scrapping the benefit for that age group would save almost £2bn a year. David Cameron said he wanted to stop workers resenting people on benefits.
But a Lib Dem said that the priority was to get young people into work, training or education to avoid “repeating the mistakes of the 1980s”. BBC
Mr Cameron said the existing system was sending out “strange signals” on working, housing and families. He called for a wider debate on issues including the cost of benefits.
For the Lib Dems, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, told BBC One’s Sunday Politics he was “very relaxed” about the prime minister “setting out his own thinking”. But the coalition government had already brought in radical welfare reform and “the right thing to do” was to let them “bed in before we take further decisions”. BBC
Cameron said the welfare system sent out the signal that people were “better off not working, or working less”. He said instead, the system encourages people to have kids instead of working, and it does. the Prime Minister also favoured new curbs on the Jobseeker’s Allowance.
In March, the government’s Welfare Reform Act received Royal Assent. That act – which applies to England, Scotland and Wales – introduces an annual cap on benefits and overhauls many welfare payments. BBC
In recent weeks the numbers of people claiming housing benefit reached five million for the first time. Between 2015, and 2017, Chancellor George Osborne indicated in his March Budget that the welfare bill should be cut by another £10bn. That is on top of the £18bn of cuts during the current parliament.
For Labour, shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne called it a “very hazy and half-baked plan from the prime minister when what we really need is a serious back to work programme”.
“You have to remember that housing benefit is available to a lot of people who are in work and perhaps on low incomes so for a lot of young families with their first feet on the career ladder this plan could actually knock them off the career ladder,” he told the BBC. BBC
Spoken like a true politician. This according to my interpretation, applies to the shack ups who keep pumping out kids, expecting taxpayers to support them all, not low income workers.