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.