Who would have guessed? Â You pay people less free money, and some are finally motivated to go get a job.
The new cap on benefits payments for the unemployed has forced thousands of people to find work instead of living off the state, new research will reveal this week.
Four detailed studies from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will deliver the most comprehensive evidence so far that the benefits cap is encouraging people to move off welfare and into jobs.
The households that have lost the most in benefits payments since the cap was introduced in April 2013 are the most likely to have begun working for a living, the research concludes.
Claimants who saw their benefits cut by ÂŁ200 a week or more were three times as likely to have found work after a year as households whose benefits were not affected, the findings suggest.
Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said the evidence showed the Conservatives were right to plan to cut the benefits cap further.
I think there is a kind of symmetry to increasing the minimum wage at the same time as decreasing (or capping) the unemployment benefit, don’t you? Â It just seems… fair.