David Cameron promises to reduce benefits to get people off their arses

David Cameron is seeking to show a clear difference between his party and the opposition parties and is moving to reduce the levels of benefits.

He has done it once before and it was remarkably successful….now he is set to reduce the benefits cap even further.

David Cameron will reduce the annual benefits cap to £23,000 as the first act of a new Conservative Government, the Prime Minister has pledged in an interview with The Telegraph.

The move follows the “stampede to the job centre” caused by the original introduction of the £26,000 benefits cap which was heavily opposed by Labour and will form one of the key battlegrounds of the general election campaign.

In an interview to mark 100 days until the general election, Mr Cameron said that his reform of the welfare system is a “deeply progressive programme” that is “changing people’s lives”.

The policy will pay for thee million apprenticeships and everyone in Britain is given “the chance to make the most of their God-given talents”, the Prime Minister said.

Mr Cameron said that the promise of an immediate law after May’s election “tells you everything you need to know about our values”.  

In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Cameron also:

• Warned that an Ed Miliband government could be “held hostage” by the SNP, a prospect which he said voters find “genuinely frightening”.

• Hinted at further tax cuts for families after the election.

• Described Mr Miliband as “opportunistic” and “sanctimonious” after he said that he wanted to “weaponise” the NHS.

• Said he is “sure” there is a role for Boris Johnson at the “highest level in government”.

• Warned that the economic unrest in Greece shows why people should not “risk” electing a Labour government intent on “scrapping the plan” which has led to the economic recovery.

In a pre-election salvo designed to open up further dividing lines with Labour over welfare, Mr Cameron said that the benefits cuts have changed the “something for nothing” culture which existed under the last government.

“The benefit cap has been a success. It’s got a lot of people back to work,” Mr Cameron said. “People said it would have all sorts of bad consequences – it hasn’t. It’s actually caused a stampede to the job centre.”

He added: “In the remaining 100 days before the election, we’ve got to get across to people how these long-term reforms are beginning to show positive effects. Whether it’s reforming pensions, welfare, education, dealing with the deficit, funding universities, building infrastructure – these are all things that are going to make our country stronger.

“We’ve got to go all out now to explain, stress, that this is based on a vision about a stronger, more secure country.”

I wonder if our government has the stones to start doing the same thing.

Somehow I doubt it. David Cameron is implementing recall elections, John Key says its too hard.


– The Telegraph

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.