May 27, 2010

WHEN RADICAL IS GOVERNING LIKE A SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT:

Duncan Smith outlines radical welfare reforms: Work and Pensions Secretary promises to transform Britain's "bust" welfare system. (New Statesman, 27 May 2010)

The coalition government is to lay out its plans for radical reform of Britain's "bust" welfare system. The new Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, plans to create a new welfare to work programme that makes benefits more conditional on willingness to work.

Duncan Smith claims that at present it is not worth going from the dole into work if the job pays £15,000 or less. He told the Guardian that many people on benefits view those who take up job offers as "bloody morons". [...]

Duncan Smith also suggested that ministers were prepared to cut back on welfare payments targeted at the middle class. "My general view is that the benefit system is a deeply ineffective and costly way of subsidising people's lives. If you want to help people above a certain income the route to do that is through tax - it is simple, straightforward and easy. The benefit system is about helping people in difficulty," he said.


They should bring in Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich to help sell it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 27, 2010 5:58 AM
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