Reforms 'get Britain back to work'

Hampshire Chronicle: Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will say welfare reforms have played a key part in creating current record levels of employment Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will say welfare reforms have played a key part in creating current record levels of employment

The Government's package of welfare reforms have helped "get Britain back to work", Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is claiming.

In a speech a day after his Department for Work and Pensions announced it expects changes to welfare to save taxpayers £50 billion over the course of the Parliament, Mr Duncan Smith will say that the strength of the labour market is evidence that benefit reforms are also having an impact by boosting economic activity.

He will accuse the former Labour government of trapping people in welfare dependency and robbing them of the drive to go to work, and say that his reforms have given jobless people the incentive to seek and take employment.

Speaking in London a year after the implementation of a raft of welfare reforms - including the so-called "bedroom tax", the introduction of Personal Independence Payments for disabled people and the imposition of the £500-a-week benefit cap - Mr Duncan Smith will say that changes to benefits have played a crucial part in "creating a stable economy matched by a strong society where people are ready and capable of work".

He will credit economic reforms introduced by Chancellor George Osborne for creating the conditions which gave private businesses the confidence and freedom to create 1.7 million jobs since the election.

But he will say that welfare reforms have also played a key part in creating current record levels of employment, as well as falling numbers of people absent from the labour market, falling long-term unemployment, and falling workless households.

"Whilst others have questioned and puzzled over the record employment Britain is now seeing, as the Work and Pensions Secretary I have long believed that the strength of our labour market would both drive Britain's great economic recovery, and increase as a result," he is expected to say.

" First, this Government created the conditions for growth, and gave businesses the freedom and confidence to create jobs. Second, we drove a programme of welfare reform where every change was designed to get Britain back to work - giving people previously left to languish out of work the skills and the incentive to take those jobs."

The programme of reforms to the welfare system was " at its heart, about breaking the chains of dependency and supporting people to achieve their potential - giving them the freedom to secure a better future for themselves and their families", he is expected to say.

"In reforming a broken welfare system, I have had one overriding intention - to get Britain working again."

Mr Duncan Smith is expected to say: "Labour's Great Recession slashed 7.2% off our economy and cost 750,000 people their jobs.

"Following the crash we heard gloomy forecasts of a million jobs disappearing from the private sector, mass unemployment, lost generations - yet they could not have proved more wrong.

"Britain's economic recovery is established and taking hold faster than forecast - and nowhere are the signs of this recovery clearer than in our labour market."

Mr Duncan Smith will also detail a new package of measures being unveiled by employment minister Esther McVey and due to come into effect this month, which will require jobseekers to take steps to make themselves attractive to employers before they claim Jobseeker's Allowance.

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11:58am Sun 6 Apr 14

mixxer says...

These measures might "save the taxpayer £50bn" but the taxpayer won't see any of it. No, it'll just mean more "expenses" claims from MP's, more hand-outs to the "Royal" parasites and more wars for the USA's benefit.
These measures might "save the taxpayer £50bn" but the taxpayer won't see any of it. No, it'll just mean more "expenses" claims from MP's, more hand-outs to the "Royal" parasites and more wars for the USA's benefit. mixxer
  • Score: 8

1:24pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Magor says...

Cut VAT and Council Tax, so the ordinary tax payer benefits from the saving.
Cut VAT and Council Tax, so the ordinary tax payer benefits from the saving. Magor
  • Score: 12

2:34pm Sun 6 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Time this IDIOT joined the REAL WORLD He is CRAP AT EVERYTHING ATTEMPTS look at his previous record, yet another one well past his sell by date
Time this IDIOT joined the REAL WORLD He is CRAP AT EVERYTHING ATTEMPTS look at his previous record, yet another one well past his sell by date ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 12

3:20pm Sun 6 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
Time this IDIOT joined the REAL WORLD He is CRAP AT EVERYTHING ATTEMPTS look at his previous record, yet another one well past his sell by date
If he had only slightly improved,FAILURE would be the word that fit him perfectly
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: Time this IDIOT joined the REAL WORLD He is CRAP AT EVERYTHING ATTEMPTS look at his previous record, yet another one well past his sell by date[/p][/quote]If he had only slightly improved,FAILURE would be the word that fit him perfectly ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 8

3:49pm Sun 6 Apr 14

bmoc55 says...

Welfare under Labour mushroomed to obscene levels. Good on the Tories for reducing the costs to the taxpayer.
Everyone seems to overlook the original reasoning for welfare. It was a safety net of last resort.
Money saved on welfare has helped the Government raise the amount that hard working people can earn before they start paying tax.
Welfare under Labour mushroomed to obscene levels. Good on the Tories for reducing the costs to the taxpayer. Everyone seems to overlook the original reasoning for welfare. It was a safety net of last resort. Money saved on welfare has helped the Government raise the amount that hard working people can earn before they start paying tax. bmoc55
  • Score: -8

4:11pm Sun 6 Apr 14

welshmen says...

bmoc55 wrote:
Welfare under Labour mushroomed to obscene levels. Good on the Tories for reducing the costs to the taxpayer.
Everyone seems to overlook the original reasoning for welfare. It was a safety net of last resort.
Money saved on welfare has helped the Government raise the amount that hard working people can earn before they start paying tax.
Our welfare system should be for the British born and paid into, since 1995 until 2011 the Migration Watches Report on how much Immigration has cost this Country is a loss of £148 Billion that's £22 Million a week and rising, if we want change get brave vote British National Party they will reverse all of the above plus much more, or a vote for UKIP would be better than the three so called main duff parties, either way we start to get control of our Country again instead of giving it to third world immigrants like now....Immigrants are running our country, so has the shadow Marxist Labour Government....
[quote][p][bold]bmoc55[/bold] wrote: Welfare under Labour mushroomed to obscene levels. Good on the Tories for reducing the costs to the taxpayer. Everyone seems to overlook the original reasoning for welfare. It was a safety net of last resort. Money saved on welfare has helped the Government raise the amount that hard working people can earn before they start paying tax.[/p][/quote]Our welfare system should be for the British born and paid into, since 1995 until 2011 the Migration Watches Report on how much Immigration has cost this Country is a loss of £148 Billion that's £22 Million a week and rising, if we want change get brave vote British National Party they will reverse all of the above plus much more, or a vote for UKIP would be better than the three so called main duff parties, either way we start to get control of our Country again instead of giving it to third world immigrants like now....Immigrants are running our country, so has the shadow Marxist Labour Government.... welshmen
  • Score: 3

5:04pm Sun 6 Apr 14

mixxer says...

I find it laughable when people describe New Labour as "Marxist". New Labour are fully under the control of capitalist interests and ideology and are the very antithesis of Marxism. Reading Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto will give you a better understanding of true Marxism.
I find it laughable when people describe New Labour as "Marxist". New Labour are fully under the control of capitalist interests and ideology and are the very antithesis of Marxism. Reading Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto will give you a better understanding of true Marxism. mixxer
  • Score: 4

5:14pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

bmoc55 wrote:
Welfare under Labour mushroomed to obscene levels. Good on the Tories for reducing the costs to the taxpayer.
Everyone seems to overlook the original reasoning for welfare. It was a safety net of last resort.
Money saved on welfare has helped the Government raise the amount that hard working people can earn before they start paying tax.
banks need as much welfare as they can take from the poor.
[quote][p][bold]bmoc55[/bold] wrote: Welfare under Labour mushroomed to obscene levels. Good on the Tories for reducing the costs to the taxpayer. Everyone seems to overlook the original reasoning for welfare. It was a safety net of last resort. Money saved on welfare has helped the Government raise the amount that hard working people can earn before they start paying tax.[/p][/quote]banks need as much welfare as they can take from the poor. Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 4

8:22pm Sun 6 Apr 14

welshmen says...

mixxer wrote:
I find it laughable when people describe New Labour as "Marxist". New Labour are fully under the control of capitalist interests and ideology and are the very antithesis of Marxism. Reading Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto will give you a better understanding of true Marxism.
Sorry didn't know you were an Immigrant, or a Liberal Elite, jog on.....
[quote][p][bold]mixxer[/bold] wrote: I find it laughable when people describe New Labour as "Marxist". New Labour are fully under the control of capitalist interests and ideology and are the very antithesis of Marxism. Reading Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto will give you a better understanding of true Marxism.[/p][/quote]Sorry didn't know you were an Immigrant, or a Liberal Elite, jog on..... welshmen
  • Score: 5

9:31pm Sun 6 Apr 14

mixxer says...

welshmen wrote:
mixxer wrote:
I find it laughable when people describe New Labour as "Marxist". New Labour are fully under the control of capitalist interests and ideology and are the very antithesis of Marxism. Reading Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto will give you a better understanding of true Marxism.
Sorry didn't know you were an Immigrant, or a Liberal Elite, jog on.....
I'm neither, I just happen to know what the term "Marxist" represents. You obviously do not.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mixxer[/bold] wrote: I find it laughable when people describe New Labour as "Marxist". New Labour are fully under the control of capitalist interests and ideology and are the very antithesis of Marxism. Reading Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto will give you a better understanding of true Marxism.[/p][/quote]Sorry didn't know you were an Immigrant, or a Liberal Elite, jog on.....[/p][/quote]I'm neither, I just happen to know what the term "Marxist" represents. You obviously do not. mixxer
  • Score: 4

9:50pm Sun 6 Apr 14

welshmen says...

mixxer wrote:
welshmen wrote:
mixxer wrote:
I find it laughable when people describe New Labour as "Marxist". New Labour are fully under the control of capitalist interests and ideology and are the very antithesis of Marxism. Reading Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto will give you a better understanding of true Marxism.
Sorry didn't know you were an Immigrant, or a Liberal Elite, jog on.....
I'm neither, I just happen to know what the term "Marxist" represents. You obviously do not.
Explain it for me then....
[quote][p][bold]mixxer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mixxer[/bold] wrote: I find it laughable when people describe New Labour as "Marxist". New Labour are fully under the control of capitalist interests and ideology and are the very antithesis of Marxism. Reading Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto will give you a better understanding of true Marxism.[/p][/quote]Sorry didn't know you were an Immigrant, or a Liberal Elite, jog on.....[/p][/quote]I'm neither, I just happen to know what the term "Marxist" represents. You obviously do not.[/p][/quote]Explain it for me then.... welshmen
  • Score: 2

10:00pm Sun 6 Apr 14

mixxer says...

If you can't be bothered to take the effort to learn the meaning of terms you're so happy to use why should I waste my time doing it for you?
To help you in your journey away from ignorance, I suggest a website called "Google"?
If you can't be bothered to take the effort to learn the meaning of terms you're so happy to use why should I waste my time doing it for you? To help you in your journey away from ignorance, I suggest a website called "Google"? mixxer
  • Score: 4

11:53pm Sun 6 Apr 14

bobbyo says...

It won't save tax payers nothing, it will be squandered and given away in foreign aid .
It won't save tax payers nothing, it will be squandered and given away in foreign aid . bobbyo
  • Score: 4
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