Making Work Pay



For too long this country, under Conservative and Labour governments have shied away from facing up to the huge benefits culture that has developed within our society.  That is to say, that for millions in Britain, the welfare system has provided a benefits package that has enabled individuals and families to claim and receive money to support them to such an extent that going to work has not been necessary.

Whilst the Conservative Party and the Coalition Government will continue to support the welfare system, providing for those in need whilst searching for a job, or for those unable to work due to illness or disability, it is no longer acceptable to expect the state to provide for those that have continued to claim benefits unnecessarily.

The proposed ‘make work pay’ system faces this problem squarely in the face, and is something I have wanted to see for years.  The idea is that a universal credit would be paid as one lump sum, but that those who continually refuse work would face a reduction and even cessation of their benefits.  Not only will this encourage communities to see that employment is important, (as in many areas being on the dole has become the norm and expected), but it should alleviate the grumbles of millions in Britain, fed up of seeing taxes spent on those that simply don’t deserve them!  Our reforms will end the absurdity of a system where people too often get rewarded for doing the wrong thing, and those who strive to do the best by their families get penalised.

Whilst for once I actually agree with RedEd, that jobs need to be there in the first place, if the Labour Party try to suggest that this proposal is anything other than progressive and a good idea, their vested interests will surely be laid bare for all to see.

I had the pleasure of meeting Iain Duncan Smith and was astounded at how totally committed he is to making real change and tackling the problem of poverty in Britain.  He is the right man to oversee Conservative policy in this field, and I hope more than anything that this proposal makes in through the House.


BUCF President



6 thoughts on “Making Work Pay

  1. “if the Labour Party try to suggest that this proposal is anything other than progressive and a good idea, their vested interests will surely be laid bare for all to see.” The system MAY be progressive but it does not mean it’s the right thing to do, particularly in these hard job times.

    The new higher education payment system as a system (and I emphasise that point) is more progressive than what is used to be. But it doesn’t mean it’s the best system for the country, universities and students. Apart from being completely false economics in the medium term it is also makes 77% (official number crunching by the IFS) of students worse off. Progressive as a system, but not necessarily to the betterment of its users.

    The same could well be said to here. Sadly I’m typing this very quickly before I go to bed so I’ve not had time to read the details of this blog and the wider reforms. May well follow up tomorrow

  2. IDS is introducing some very key reforms which were needed during Labour’s period but omitted from policy programmes for obvious reasons…The £26,000 ceiling for benefits to one family is difficult to argue against. Why should one family on benefits get more than, dare I say, a ‘hardworking’ public sector- employed family?

  3. It’s all well and good cutting benefits but the Job Centre are useless at helping people find jobs. They don’t do anything and they are a waste of time. My fiancé spent 6 months signing on and got no help from them. Eventually she had her benefits stopped because her contributions ran out. Within a month of having to fend for herself, a recruitment firm (she found herself) got her 2 interviews and she is now employed.

    The job centres are not fit for purpose and until they are reformed then these proposals will be toothless. There are ways round them, such as going interviews but not trying (as with a girl in the Sun a while ago).

  4. I spent 2 months on the dole last summer, between uni courses… it was remarkably easy to sign on – too easy in fact.

    Some of the CF lot were appalled that I actually went on the dole but I thought why not if I can?

    And yes, they were useless at trying to find me a job.

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