Much needed welfare reform programme announced

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the publication of the Welfare Reform Bill that will bring about the biggest shake up of the benefits system for 60 years.

A single payment, known as the “universal credit”, will replace several different complex payments, with a limit of £26,000 per year for any one family. There will also be greater support to help people find jobs.

Together with sanctions for those who refuse to work, the Bill will should help save £5.5billion over the next four years.

Mr Evennett said “I am pleased that these changes are being proposed as the Conservatives campaigned for them at the General Election. Those who can work, should work. The Government’s changes to the benefits system will ensure that those who go to work will be better off financially than if they choose to live on handouts from the taxpayer.”

You can find out more about the Bill here: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/welfarereform/documents.html

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