During the prime minster’s speech today he castigated the unfair system whereby families were punished if their child got a job:
“If a family living on benefits wants their adult child to stay living at home they are actually penalised – as soon as that child does the right thing and goes out to work”.
You may have noted the mock horror from Labour about IDS’s comments to the Sunday Telegraph yesterday that those on benefits may need to travel to work. It’s described by the Labour-supporting Mirror as an “extreme Norman Tebbit-style ‘on yer bike’ policy“.
Here is a link to the interview when Caroline Flint two years ago suggested that unemployed people getting housing benefit should, in effect, be turfed out. She was, of course, the Labour housing minister. It appears to be exactly the same policy. What goes around comes around. Read more
There are some real little horrors buried in the fine print of this Budget.
Just take the measure to cut housing benefit by 10 per cent for anyone on the dole for more than a year. Read more