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David Cameron is Ending Welfare as Brits Know It

posted at 1:54 pm on February 17, 2011 by

The plan is to simplify benefits and end incentives for not working:

David Cameron today announced the most ambitious change to the welfare system since it began, promising to re-introduce a culture of responsibility that he said had been lost…

People who turn down jobs will lose benefits and housing benefits will be capped:

Unemployed people who refuse to take a reasonable offer of a job or voluntary work will lose benefits for three months on the first occasion, rising to three years if it happens three times…

The government will stop households receiving out-of-work benefits of more than the average working household receives in wages, by introducing a cap linked to average weekly earnings. Housing benefit will also be restricted to the cheapest 30 per cent of homes in an area.

Here’s a bit of what Cameron had to say about the new benefits scheme:

‘Yes, there are those who, with no regret or remorse, intentionally rip off the system – and that makes hard-working people, including many on low incomes who pay their taxes, rightly angry,’ he said.

‘But I know this country and therefore refuse to believe that there are five million people who are inherently lazy and have no interest in bettering themselves and their families. ‘What I want to argue is that the real fault lies with the system itself.

‘The benefit system has created a benefit culture. It doesn’t just allow people to act irresponsibly, but often actively encourages them to do so.’

Mr Cameron said: ‘This is about the beginning of cultural change. A new culture of responsibility.

Kudos to David Cameron for taking a positive step in the right direction. Sooner or later, it’s a step every government is going to need to take.

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England will then have to find a way to produce enough jobs to satisfy this policy. I truly wish Cameron luck, the UK could use it.

jeanie on February 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM

jeanie on February 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM

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England doesn’t create jobs, no government does; private citizens create jobs.
All any government can do is reduce the ability of private citizens to create jobs. The more restrictive, the fewer jobs.

LincolntheHun on February 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

OMG, work for a living instead of living off those who work. What a novel idea.

Kissmygrits on February 17, 2011 at 2:57 PM

‘But I know this country and therefore refuse to believe that there are five million people who are inherently lazy and have no interest in bettering themselves and their families. ‘What I want to argue is that the real fault lies with the system itself.

Cameron needs to get out more. The system was demanded by such people, in return for their (useless) votes.

OldEnglish on February 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM

‘But I know this country and therefore refuse to believe that there are five million people who are inherently lazy and have no interest in bettering themselves and their families. ‘What I want to argue is that the real fault lies with the system itself.

Cameron needs to get out more. The system was demanded by such people, in return for their (useless) votes.

OldEnglish on February 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM

I think your confusing England with California….the strongest supporters of Cameron’s new benefits policy are the millions of people on modest incomes who prefer to work rather than exist on benefits. It won’t turn them into Tory voters but the BBC tends to avoid vox pops on this because the response rarely fits into the patronising world view of the chattering classes which loves to idealise the feckless…

callingallcomets on February 18, 2011 at 4:17 AM

Something worrying here – nothing yet in the thread from Hot Air’s resident foreign policy/cultural experts on dhimmis and the caliphisation of the UK….

callingallcomets on February 18, 2011 at 4:23 AM

callingallcomets on February 18, 2011 at 4:23 AM

They’re around. No need to worry :)

lexhamfox on February 18, 2011 at 6:28 AM

This still won’t stop the muslims from practicing bigamy and the hard working citizens of the UK paying for all their children and thus, financing their own overthrow from within. This is happening all of Europe and it is only a matter of time before the demographic nuke annihilates the continent and the caliphate takes over.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on February 19, 2011 at 11:28 PM