July 30, 2010
JUST AS WE HAVE TO CATCH UP TO THATCHER'S SS REFORMS...
Iain Duncan Smith announces reforms to 'antiquated' benefits system: The biggest overhaul of the country's now-''antiquated'' benefits system in decades has been unveiled by the Government. (Daily Telegraph, 30 Jul 2010)
He set out a series of options aimed at ensuring that people would see the value of moving from benefit to work through simplifying the existing tax and benefits system.
Mr Duncan Smith said he wants to unify the disparate elements that form the benefits structure as well as rectifying the ''illogical'' position of benefits paying more than work.
Options included combining elements of the current income-related benefits and tax credit systems, bringing out-of-work and in-work support together in a single system, and supplementing monthly household earnings through credit payments reflecting circumstances such as children, housing and disability.
Mr Duncan Smith told a conference in east London that five million people are on out-of-work benefits, with a ''staggering'' 1.4 million on benefits for nine or more of the last 10 years, while the UK has one of the highest rates of workless households.
One in six children will grow up in a workless household, said the minister, adding that up to three generations of the same family are now growing up with no work in their lives.
''The benefits system has created pockets of worklessness, where idleness has become institutionalised. The welfare budget is spiralling out of control, up from £63 billion in 1996-97 to £87 billion in 2009-10, although the actual increase was £61 billion in the last 10 years.
''The key must be to break the cycle of dependency. We must make sure that work pays, even for the poorest.''
...they have to catch up on Clinton/Gingrich Welfare Reforms. And we're all just catching up to General Pinochet. Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2010 6:29 AM