He might not hunt pigs but he seems onto welfare reform

David Cameron might not hunt pigs like Paula Bennett does but he seems to be onto the same wave-length as her when it comes to welfare reform:

Today marks an historic step in the biggest welfare revolution in over 60 years. My government has taken bold action to make work pay, while protecting the vulnerable.

Key elements of this include:

– The ‘Benefits Cap’ which ensures no one can get more that £26,000 in benefits (that’s the equivalent of a taxed income of £35,000)

– The ‘Universal Credit’ which will ensure that work always pays more than being on benefit

These reforms will change lives for the better, giving people the help they need, while backing individual responsibility so that they can escape poverty, not be trapped in it.

Past governments have talked about reform, while watching the benefits bill sky rocket and generations languish on the dole and dependency. This government is delivering it. Our new law will mark the end of the culture that said a life on benefits was an acceptable alternative to work.

While we’ve been putting in place a sensible, modern welfare system that protects the vulnerable, our opponents have shown they are on the side of Britain’s ‘something for nothing’ culture.

We’ve stood up against the abuse that left taxpayers footing the bills for people on £30,000 or even £50,000 a year in benefits. It’s a fair principle: a family out of work on benefits shouldn’t be paid more than the average family in work.

This is a core part of the government’s task of turning around the legacy of debt, overspending and waste we inherited.

We want money to go to people who need it, not subsidising the consequences of our broken society. By reforming welfare we will get people into fulfilling jobs, not abandon them to poverty and dependency, save billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money and make sure those who really need help get it.

That’s compassionate modern government in action.

 


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  • Shaun Wallis

    David Cameron is the man

  • Guest

    Yeah not really true, any of it. All he’s doing is stoping the ruinous increase.

    Ruth is the only politician who ever reduced benefits – Papademos in Greece is doing good work.

    But NZ and the UK need much harder measures faster — whether it’s the Dole, DPB, Super, Sickness or any of the rest — it’s time they stopped. Permanently.

  • thor42

    The Nats reforms are a good start, but they don’t go far enough.
    The most obvious (and most effective) step has not been taken – stopping paying money to beneficiaries to breed.
    If Labour were to promise to bring in that policy, I’d even consider voting for them (but they never will). 

    • Jacob77712

      WHAT A BIGOT YOU ARE DID SOME SOLO MOTHER TURN YOU DOWN FOR A R–T AND WAS EGO HURT BECAUSE OF IT>

  • peterwn

    Paula and you can soon offer to fix this pig hunting problem for Mr Cameron.

  • Wychbych

    What a joke! Cameron is a buffoon; his welfare reforms are risible, yet another Conservative government bashing the needy whilst the bankers laugh up their sleeves at the telling off they got for bringing the world to economic ruin.

    And check out the credentials of his family tsar. Good old Emma!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/feb/23/a4e-emma-harrison-steps-down-family-champion

    Letting her properties out to her own company; thank you, taxpayer!

  • Philip ure a cock

    Amen to that!

    • Jacob77712

      NOT FOR MUCH LONGER JOHN BANKS WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF A POLICE INVESTIGATION AND THAT WILL BE ALL SHE WROTE FOR JOHN KEY AND HIS MATES, GIVING A TAX CUT TO THE RICH ELITE WHILE NEW ZEALAND, HAS A DEFICIT.

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