Monday, 27 April 2015

Fixing Britain's welfare system - universal credit is a long overdue reform to make work pay

We’re rolling out Universal Credit and fixing Britain’s welfare system – to help people get on in life, and help them slowly and surely get off benefits, and back into work, whilst supporting them as they do. 
Under Labour, welfare failed to reward work and trapped people in poverty. Hardworking taxpayers lost trust in a system that had created a something-for-nothing culture.
But as part of our long-term economic plan, we’re clearing up Labour’s mess on welfare. Universal Credit, our major reform of the benefits system, ensures that work always pays more than benefits – so we reward people who work hard and do the right thing.
Universal Credit is already available in 100 jobcentres, and in the next two months it will be rolled out to 150 more. By this time next year, it will be available in all jobcentres and will boost the economy by £7 billion each year.
Above all, Universal Credit is securing a better future for Britain by helping people get off welfare and into work, with the security of a regular wage to provide for their families.
Unlike Labour, we’re building a welfare system that rewards work – and is on the side of hardworking people.